It is 1967 and the Bishop family are departing their UK home for a somewhat unusual road
trip. Their destination: Berlin, a gritty city recovering from the bombs of World War Two and now sliced in half by the Cold War. Will the journey unite the
Anglo-German family, or rip them apart?
Grandma Nell loathes foreigners, especially German daughter-in-law Bridget. She’s none too pleased about son Roy jamming the whole family into an aging Morris Traveller car for the duration. Granddaughter Jacqueline observes the trip – and the resultant spillage of family secrets – with a keen eye and a notepad in which to pen it all.
This is a story of
ordinary people in an extraordinary situation, and the discovery of how
something divided can be more revealing than a perfect whole. It is a quest for
a family who build walls in their minds as they try to discover who they are
and where they belong, in a city where nothing is quite as it seems.
Tying Down The Lion is a remarkable story that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. It is suitable for readers of all ages.
'A brilliant and original first novel'
sprawling literary road trip, with pitch-perfect comic pacing and memorable
Rachel Connor, creative writing senior lecturer & BBC dramatist