Sarah Jasmon (a published student)
August 2015
Black Swan

About the publication

The summer the Dovers move in next door, sixteen-year-old Helen's lonely world is at once a more thrilling place. She is infatuated with the bohemian family, especially the petulant and charming daughter Victoria. As the long, hot days stretch out in front of them, Helen and Victoria grow inseparable. But when a stranger appears, Helen begins to question whether the secretive Dover family are really what they seem. It’s the kind of summer when anything seems possible... Until something goes wrong.


An evocative and atmospheric coming-of-age story.

Carys Bray

A wonderfully atmospheric first novel.

Claire Fuller

With beautiful, evocative prose, Sarah Jasmon captures perfectly all the heat and angst in one life-changing summer.

Vanessa Lafaye

The vividness of memories shimmers dangerously and brightly throughout: it’s gripping, beautifully written and entirely evocative of time and place.

Julia Crouch

Lyrical and sensuous, this wonderful portrait of people, time and place stayed with me long after I had finished.

Elizabeth Forbes