Jill Beech’s nine year relationship is over. She covers the sadness with madness, going dancing with her off-beat friends and attempting a series of hilariously bad internet dates. Then life is flipped on its head again by some shocking news. Adrift in her mid-thirties, no-one does lost quite like Jill.
Wry, witty, resilient but bewildered, she is left asking, what does it take to stay sane in this life? and why does it look easier for everyone else? While her friends are preoccupied with pregnancy, Jill looks elsewhere for meaning. Will she find happiness with a kitten called Cyril? A job she can finally believe in? Or a charming ex-snowboard champion who wants to settle down? Events force Jill to head for the edge – will she fall headlong or turn things around and keep walking?
Praise for Head For The Edge, Keep Walking:
‘A warm and ferociously witty story of the s**t life throws at us and how we survive it. Truth rings from every page of this assured and engrossing debut.’ Zoe Strachan, author of Negative Space and Ever Fallen in Love
‘Jill Beech – sharp-eyed, laconic-tongued, tender-hearted – is your new eccentric best friend. She makes a terrific debut in this witty, chatty, lyrical novel. You can trust her. Head for the edge, keep reading.’ Kevin MacNeil, author of The Stornoway Way and Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides.
‘Kate Tough’s dry wit and keen observations make this eye-catching debut about a defining moment in the life of thirty-something Jill Beech. Both laugh-out-loud funny as well as poignant. She gets the balance between the weighty and the trivial just right, and if we laugh at what we recognise, we also mourn what, and whom, we might have lost.’ Lesley MacDowall