'Research Secrets' - Cassandra Parkin in Writers' Forum

Cassandra Parkin has been featured in May's issue of Writers' Forum, talking about her childhood memories that were the basis of her literary novel, The Beach Hut.

'I write commercial literary fiction, including novels (The Summer We All Ran Away) and short stories (New World Fair Tales). My second novel, The Beach Hut, is just out from Legend Press. 

When my brother and I were growing up, our whole family would decamp from Hull to Falmouth to spend summer with our grandparents. We grew up with a whole other secret life, with the beach on our doorstep, salt in the air, and sand in everything...'


Cassandra Parkin grew up in Hull, and now lives in East Yorkshire. Her short story collection, New World Fairy Tales (Salt Publishing, 2011), won the 2011 Scott Prize for Short Stories. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. The Beach Hut is her second novel. 

The Beach Hut

It is autumn time and on a peaceful Cornish beach, Finn and his sister Ava defy planning regulations and achieve a childhood dream when they build themselves an illegal beach hut. This tiny haven will be their home until Ava departs at Midwinter for a round-the-world adventure.

In the town, local publican Donald is determined to get rid of them. Still mourning the death of his wife, all he wants is a quiet place where he can forget the past and raise his daughter Alicia in safety. But Alicia is wrestling with demons of her own.

As the sunshine fades and winter approaches, the beach hut stirs old memories for everyone. Their lives become entwined in surprising ways and the secrets of past and present are finally exposed.