In a disused lighthouse on the Devon coast lives Peter Straker, a recluse who, in his dreams, is visited by an oddly disparate group of people from a grandmother to a teenager. But they have all been dead for 24 years - and Straker thinks he killed them.
Many years ago, newly-married Imogen Doody's husband went to work one day and never came back, leaving her angry at life and other people. Now Imogen has inherited a cottage near Straker's lighthouse, a piece of good fortune she badly needs. But the cottage is falling down, and she needs help restoring it...
Guilt, emotional bruising and a Tiger Moth plane lie at the heart of this story of two misfits. Related with infectious warmth and wit, it is a testament to the essential goodness and resilience of the human spirit.
Clare Morrall's first novel, ASTONISHING SPLASHES OF COLOUR, was published by Tindal Street Press in 2003 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Born in Exeter, she now lives in Birmingham where she works as a music teacher, and has two grown-up children. NATURAL FLIGHTS OF THE HUMAN MIND is her second novel.