THE CUCKOO WALL by LILLIAN KING
Usually when a book starts in a graveyard, you would expect it to be a murderous detective book, but this is a book about three generations of women from one Edinburgh family. Ten year old Minnie rattles between her mum's large, gloomy home and her gran's cosy flat, meeting all kinds of interesting characters along the way. The fourth character in this book, is Edinburgh itself. Lillian has a great gift for dialogue and leads us from Newington, to Royal Terrace, via Portobello and Princes Street, offering marvellous glimpses of her gran's eccentric friends and the Jenners Ladies who make a career from choosing hats and reading romantic magazines!
The book explores the secrets and lies that parents and grandparents hide from different generations. Despite some harrowing chapters, the book is infused with great humour, If you want to know the origins of the title, you will have to buy the book!