Ferdia is a sixteen-year-old with problems. His estranged parents live at opposite ends of Abbey Road, each of them flirting with younger partners. Even so, being young, talented and beautiful in London has its compensations, and Ferdia finds an outlet for his frustrations in a fledgling punk band on the local estate. But when his relationship with a teacher twice his age threatens to scupper his schooling, his home life, and his place in the band, events take an unexpected turn for everyone . . .
Helen Falconer was born in London. She was educated at Camden School for Girls and at Dartington School in Devon. She gained a first in PPE at St Anne's College, Oxford, and is currently employed at the Guardian. Primrose Hill, her first novel, was published in 1999.