At fifteen, she made a life-changing decision. Thirty years on, it’s time to make another.
When Diana escaped her misfit childhood, she thought she’d chosen the easier path. But the past lingers on, etched beneath her skin, and life won’t be worth living if her secret gets out.
As an adult, she’s kept other people at a distance… until Simon sweeps in on a cloud of promise and possibility. But his work is taking him to Cairo, the city that transformed her life. She’ll lose Simon if she doesn’t join him. She’ll lose herself if she does.
Sugar and Snails charts Diana’s unusual journey, revealing the scars from her fight to be true to herself. A triumphant mid-life coming-of-age story about bridging the gap between who we are and who we feel we ought to be.
When I started reading Sugar and Snails I had no idea what Diana’s life-changing decision was and I made sure I didn’t read any spoilers. I didn’t guess either, though when I found out I was half-surprised and half not. Suddenly it began to make sense.
Beautifully and intelligently written, always engaging and emotional, this is a powerful book about love, sexuality, finding oneself and being different in an ever-changing world. There is so much more I would like to say but I don’t want to give anything away.
Diana, now a Psychology lecturer in Newcastle, appears relatively happy and content, living alone with her cat Marmaduke. But inside she is still hurting from the pain of her traumatic childhood. She keeps everyone at a distance emotionally, never giving anything away, not even to her best friend Venus, until she meets Simon and realises that she has to make a life-changing decision or lose him for good. But is she prepared to make that decision?
Diana’s story unfolds slowly but surely, unveiling secrets from her past and her present, until we finally meet the real person beneath the hidden and not so hidden scars. At times her story is painful to read and it’s hard to imagine what it must have been like to live a lie for so many years in a world that is so ready to judge.
Many thanks to Anne Goodwin for inviting me to be part of her online tour 2022.
About the Author
Anne Godwin writes entertaining fiction about identity, mental health and social justice. She is the author of three novels and a short story collection published by small independent press, Inspired Quill. Her debut novel, Sugar and Snails, was shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize. Her new novel, Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home, is inspired by her previous incarnation as a clinical psychologist in a long-stay psychiatric hospital. Subscribers to her newsletter can download a free e-book of prize-winning short stories.
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