I am afraid of small, dark spaces.
I am afraid of being in the Tube, underground. I hate it most at rush hour, squashed against other people, when I can’t breathe and I can’t see. I’m all right as long as we’re moving, but when we stop – in a tunnel, in the dark, for no reason – when there is no way of getting out – my heart beats in my mouth. My palms sweat. I am one scream away from trying to break down the doors. I would rather run down the tracks in the dark with the rats than be stuck in that train. Once I read a book in which all the commuters in the Tube turned into zombies. Once I saw a TV show in which vampires ravaged a commuter train. Once – several times – truly awful things have happened on the Tube in the rush hour, in real life. I’m not afraid of any of these things. I’m just afraid of the small, dark spaces.
The small dark spaces underground where bad things happen. The small dark spaces in my head where my mind twists reality and the unimaginable becomes possible. That well of fear that exists in all of us, and which come out in me on a train, grinding to a halt in a tunnel deep under London.
Choking, blinding fear.
Lydia by Natasha Farrant
Published by Chicken House in 2016
In the tradition of Longbourn, Mr. Darcy's Diary, and Prom and Prejudice...
Lydia is the youngest of the five Bennet girls. She's stubborn, never listens, and can't seem to keep her mouth shut--not that she would want to anyway. She's bored with her country life and wishes her older sisters would pay her attention . . . for once!
Luckily, the handsome Wickham arrives at Longbourn to sweep her off her feet. Lydia's not going to let him know THAT, of course, especially since he only seems to be interested in friendship. But when they both decide to summer in the fasionable seaside town of Brighton, their paths become entangled again.
At the seaside, Lydia also finds exciting new ways of life and a pair of friends who offer her a future she never dreamed of. Lydia finally understands what she really wants. But can she get it?
A fresh, funny, and spirited reimagining of Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet brings the voice of the wildest Bennet sister alive and center stage like never before.
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