Andrea Darby La-La Means I Love You

Andrea has been a newspaper reporter, sub-editor and freelance journalist, writing articles on a wide range of topics, from women’s health and family life to cryonics (a subject which inspired her first novel). She grew up in a musical household and took up the flugelhorn, aged six, though she frequently told people she played the trumpet so she didn’t have to explain what a ‘flugel’ was. Andrea teaches piano from her home in Gloucestershire, and often gets ideas for writing when listening to music. La-La Means I Love You is her second book, and earned a Distinction in the Creative Writing MA.

This contemporary novel explores the destructive nature of lies within a family, questioning the common assumption that truth is always best. Lizzie, a woman with a stifled ambition to become a singer, is determined to conquer the crippling stage fright that silenced her thirty years ago. Husband Mitch, a keen guitarist, is losing his memory and lets an old secret slip. But his confused confession is only half the story and soon Lizzie’s musical plans, and the stability of their marriage, are under threat. La-La Means I Love You is narrated by three members of a family torn apart by secrets and deceits but healed and reconciled through music.