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The Secret Baby Room
The Secret Baby Room

The Secret Baby Room


285 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9781909954182

Rights: US & CA

Barbican Press (Oct 2016)

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D.D.Johnston is 'one of this country's most principled novelists & also one of the most versatile and talented' - The Morning Star. Discover this bravest new British writing talent, taking on themes of poverty and abuse in gritty urban Manchester. The book is a vivid journey into the life of Clare, her own career stalled to follow her husband, longing for a child. She has had a miscarriage. On a high floor of an abandoned tower block she sees a woman feeding a baby. Her investigations take her into childhood trauma, ancient abuse, corruption at the highest level. It's a personal journey in which a woman takes on the world to save it.

Author Biography

In 2006, Edinburgh-born D.D. Johnston quit working at a Manchester coach station to chase the dream of becoming a writer. One scrap of the dream existed - the start of a story inspired by derelict council housing in Hulme. Two novels pushed it to one side. The first, Peace, Love & Petrol Bombs, a 2011 book of the year in The Sunday Herald, has been recorded as an audio book and translated into Spanish. The second, The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub, was a 2013 book of the year in The Morning Star, where it was described as 'determinedly extraordinary'. With the publication of this third novel, D.D. Johnston finally tells the story that started it all – the story of The Secret Baby Room.