Elizabeth Barling Singing in the Dead of Night


Elizabeth Barling has spent her career as a journalist and press officer. After many years of procrastination, she finally took the plunge and enrolled on the Bath Spa MA, where she gave herself permission to write her own stories. She lives between Bristol and Bath with her partner, two teenage boys and a very demanding cat.

Iris Scott has just finished treatment for breast cancer when she meets septuagenarian Celia at a support group. Charismatic but unreliable, Celia intrigues Iris with tales of her adventurous life. On a trip to a commune in Wales, Iris is caught in the middle of a bitter feud when Celia‚Äôs past catches up with her. Meanwhile, Iris makes waves of her own, having a fling with commune member Arlo and getting arrested at an environmental protest. Her month in the country is far from peaceful, but it teaches her that living in hope, not fear, will help her face an uncertain future.