Excerpt / The Photograph...
"....one of the only photographs of my father and I together. It is a black and white photo but I have coloured it in. We are sitting in the sun on the doorstep, I am in between the legs of my father, there are shadows of the railings against the pink sunny walls behind us. Half of my dad’s head is cut out of the picture because the photographer, probably Mum, hasn’t stepped far back enough, but my father is smiling. He has long hair to his shoulders. He has Jesus sandals on his feet, his ankles are skinny, and he wears a long-sleeved t-shirt covered in a pattern of bathtime rubber ducks - he looks like a hippy. A cigarette dangles from his lips and he grins down the lens never knowing the top of his head and his eyes are out of the frame. There he is then, one bright morning, he sits on the doorstep in the sunshine with me sitting the next step down and I am his toothless daughter, grinning, sitting between his feet and holding onto his legs."
Short excerpt taken from 'Springfield Road' to be published by Unbound in the golden late summer and copper coloured autumn of 2014. I for one cannot wait! Thank you so much for your patience and support. See you at the launch, ripe and sweet as a Septemberry, with much love and joy to you all, Salena Godden xx
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