Philippa Mayall was born into her own gritty northern drama in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1973. Her penchant for writing was discovered by her mother at an early age. She kept switching the lights on to write down nuggets of sentences and phrases she thought of in the night and didn’t want to forget. This made her very unpopular with her brother who shared the room (they remain good friends today). She moved to Los Angeles in 2000 and her time in America is enormously influential on her writing, as are her roots in Manchester. After realizing her real dream of wanting to write about her experiences, she moved back to England, where she studied for a Masters in Creative Writing at Kingston University. PHOENIX is her first book. In the future, she hopes to write more. Philippa currently lives in Los Angeles.
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Set in Manchester, UK, Los Angeles and the center of the narrators mind this compelling memoir takes the reader through an odyssey of escape. It begins with a tragic night when a house fire destroys her life as she knows it. Flip flees the scene, devoured by guilt and drowning in self-loathing. She leaps into a synthetic existence of mind altering drugs and alcohol but before long her pain starts to bleed into her psyche again. Her desperate urge to escape takes her 6000 miles from home to LA. Flip is distraught to discover her feelings came with her and she soothes them with even more potent drugs. This becomes the axis of self destruction and self discovery. She ends up homeless, living in a car with two other people and two cats. After a violent confrontation with her friends, Flip is forced to enter a drug rehab so she isn't sleeping on the streets. This is the beginning of her real and most courageous escape.
Published 2013, Silver Birch Press