To celebrate the publication of Lisa Jewell's latest book The House We Grew Up In we're inviting you to send in pictures of the house that you grew up in with a short caption.
Whether it's a shot of the exterior or a room indoors, a garden or even piece of furniture or ornament but all pics must be evocative of your childhood. Post your pics up before the end of 22 July, write a short caption, and we'll create a carousel of our favourite ten pics on 23 July. Each person who makes the shortlist of ten will receive a copy of The House We Grew Up in. Author Lisa Jewell will then choose the winning photo from the ten and we'll announce the winner on Thursday 25 July. The winner will receive a £100 voucher for John Lewis.
More about The House We Grew up in by Lisa Jewell
Meet the Bird Family
All four children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden.
But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear them apart.
The years pass and the children become adults and begin to develop their own quite separate lives. Soon it's almost as though they've never been a family at all.
Almost. But not quite.
Because something has happened that will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.
Loved this thread, and thank you to Lisa and Mumsnet for the copy of THE HOUSE I GREW UP IN. If you haven't read it yet, the book is fabulous: the Birds live an idyllic, bohemian life in a Cotswold cottage full of homely clutter and children. Tragedy strikes and each member of the family struggles to cope (or not), in their own way. The story reminded me of 'One Day' in the way it returns to the family on the same day each year (in this case Easter rather than St Swithun's). The characters get under your skin and into your heart - it's a touching look at how lives fall apart, and families survive the worst life throws at you.