'I still don't know whether he was done for before we met, whether his heart was already claimed, or smashed. Whether the love story pieced together in these pages is mine, or hers.' The day after her wedding, Donella Ferguson Watson wakes up shackled to a man haunted by the past. The lonely days become weeks, months. Her husband Hugh, a prison doctor, will offer no explanation for their sexless marriage. She comes to suspect the answer lies with a hungerstriking suffragette who was force fed and held in solitary confinement. But what really happened between Hugh and his prisoner patient? A Petrol Scented Spring is a riveting novel of repression, jealousy and love, and the struggle for women's emancipation.
Born in Sheffield, Ajay Close took an English degree at Cambridge. She worked as a newspaper journalist, winning several awards, before becoming a full time author and playwright. Her first play, The Keekin Gless, was staged at Perth Theatre in July 2009. Her second, The Sma Room Seance, was performed at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. She is the author of Forspoken (Secker & Warburg, 1998) and Trust (Blackfriars), which was published in February 2014. All three books collected rave reviews.