Melody Janie is hidden. Whether alone in her caravan or spying on the tourists who walk the Cornish cliffs she calls her own, she sees everything and yet remains unknown. When a stranger enters her life, she is forced to confront both him and the terrible tragedies of her past. Told through the unforgettable voice of Melody Janie,
The Lip depicts a hidden Cornwall, not the Cornwall of cream teas and Poldark, but the other Cornwall, the second-poorest region in all of northern Europe. A Cornwall indebted to tourists and holidaymakers for its livelihood, but resentful at their intrusion.
The Lip is an ultimately hopeful debut novel, exploring themes of childhood, isolation and mental health, with a singular heroine at its heart.
Charlie Carroll is the author of three non-fiction books: The Friendship Highway (2014), No Fixed Abode (2013) and On the
Edge (2010). He has twice won the K Blundell Trust Award for ‘writers under 40 who aim to raise social awareness with their
writing’. Charlie lives in Cornwall.
You can order a copy of Charlie’s book from our friends at Crediton Community Bookshop:
or from Devon Libraries