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    The Madness – Alison Rattle

    “By the time she was fourteen years old, Marnie Gunn could swim like a fish. Hardly a day went by when her flannel shift was not hung out by the fire to dry. Often as not, it was still damp in the morning when she pulled it back on and went to the beach with Ma to at ten to Smoaker Nash’s bathing machines. It was Ma that’d made Marnie go in the sea everyday to begin with. ‘The best cure in the world,’ she said.” Marnie Gunn has liked the past 9 years as a cripple, lame in one leg following a bout of polio she is regarding as…

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    The Messengers – Edward Hogan

    “We’re drawn to each other, us messengers. We must be. I remember the first time I saw him, down by the beach huts. There was something about him. The look of him. How could I not go over?  You might even say it was fate, but I don’t believe in that.” Things are bad at home, Frances mother is having a breakdown and her brother is on the run from the police. They have to leave their flat and Frances does not want to move in with her mothers boyfriend. Instead she goes to stay at her Aunts house by the sea. he instantly feels better there but her blackouts,…