Esther Williams is thirty and single. She lives with her grandmother and her life is one of routine and order; she takes a seaside holiday each year and every Thursday she goes to the cinema alone. She does not know if she is happy or unhappy. Spending time with Raymond becomes everything to Esther and she feels, for the first time, truly alive.
Born to parents who were both on the stage (her father was the actor James Dale), Celia Dale's first novel, The Least of These, was published in 1943 and she went on to write ten others. She won the Crime Writer's Association Veuve Clicquot Short Story award for Lines of Communication and A Personal Call and other stories in 1986 and worked on the Daily Express and the Sunday Express. She also worked as a book reviewer and a publisher's advisor and many of her stories have been adapted for radio and television. She lives in London.