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The Other Side Of Carrie Cornish: A story of neighbour wars in Austerity Britain


Who or what is the other side of Carrie Cornish?

And who is the woman who ends up critically ill in hospital?

Rewind twelve months and Carrie and her partner Sandy have been asked to write a diary for a month by Environmental Health Officer, Mr Vowells, after a noisy family move in next door to them in a small quite market town in Devon. Set against a backdrop of austerity and cuts, Carrie and Sandy have health problems and are struggling with welfare reform policies as well as having to deal with noise on a daily basis: rows, repetitive banging, loud music, children shouting and screaming, dog noise and fouling. As the noise takes its toll on their health, Carrie begins to lose her grip, using her diary as a record of her fragile state of mind. Alternating between first person (Carrie’s diary entries) and third person, Carrie’s thoughts and diary entries reveal something much more than a neighbourhood dispute: a personal crusade against authority and injustices in general as her entries descend into paranoia juxtaposed with disjointed news items. Having stuck together and held a united front through their neighbourhood disputes, holes are now exposed in Carrie and Sandy’s relationship as the pressure mounts.

But just who are the victims and who are the perpetrators?

An account of an all too familiar situation we all dread – having our peace and lifestyle shattered from next door neighbours.

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Kate Rigby

Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in the south west of England.  She’s been writing for decades. She has been traditionally published, small press published and indie published.

She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhipwas first published in 2010 and has since been updated.

However she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circuswas published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka!(2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s magazines.

Thalidomide Kidwas published by Bewrite Books (2007).

Her novel Savage To Savvywas an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Quarter-Finalist in 2012.  Three of her novels have received an Awesome Indies Badge of Approval.

She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workersand Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories, in an erotic anthology published by Pfoxmoor Publishing and more recently in an anthology of Awkward Sexcapades by Beating Windward Press 2018 (all proceeds went to Planned Parenthood).

A shortened version of her blog as a tribute to David Bowie after his death was included in the book: David Bowie I Was There (Red Planet Books 2017) 

She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played(now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?).

She has re-Kindled her backlist and is gradually getting her titles (back) into paperback

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