Norma Fontaine lives in a perfect woman's world of handy tips and sensible advice. Whether it's choosing the right foundation garment or practising feminine allure through meticulous grooming, Norma measures life by the standards set in the magazines she reads. So when she bumps into Mr Hands and he suggests taking tea at the Excella cafe how could she possibly refuse? What could be more exhilarating, or more appropriate? But Norma discovers quickly that the world is far less delightful - and more sinister - than she had ever supposed. And while her brother Roy seems to fare better and his romance with the girl from the newsagent's blossoms, it is not long before dark secrets threaten everything he cares for. Norma must decide if she is prepared to sacrifice life in a woman's world for the sake of the young couple's everlasting happiness.
"'Rawle can take a page in a newspaper or magazine, and make something extraordinary happen' Steven Appleby"
Graham Rawle is a collage artist whose visual work incorporates illustration, design, photography and installation. His 'Lost Consonants' have appeared weekly in the Guardian since 1990 and now alternate with a sister series, 'Vowel Movements'. Among his published books are The Wonder Book of Fun, Diary of an Amateur Photographer and eight volumes of Lost Consonants books.