Arthur Craythorne has barely married Queenie May when he is called away to fight in the First World War; when he returns from the trenches, he is a changed man. He struggles to contain the violent flashes of anger he confuses with love; and his two young daughters, Florrie and Alice, strive hard to please the stranger who calls himself their father...

A moving tale of family, love and loss set against the unfolding of twentieth century English life, Kissing Alice was shortlisted for the 2010 McKitterick Prize.


'Kissing Alice is a very fine debut, beautifully written and with the emotions subtly rendered.' Edna O'Brien

'Yallop's 1920s and 1930s have an authentically grainy feel...she does not feel the need to spell our every emotion or explain each ambiguity. This makes Kissing Alice a very plausible portrait of messy sibling love.' The Financial Times.

'Yallop has a beady eye for period detail and a wise understanding of psychology.' The Daily Mail

Published by Atlantic Books, November 2009. ISBN 1848870337; paperback September 2010. ISBN 1848870345