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Shelley hears voices from the past. At first she refuses to listen but as Addie and Joanie's stories unfold she is compelled to learn more. Mine tells how 17-year-old Shelley comes face to face with the truth about her own family circumstances which are thrown into relief by the personal histories of Addie and Joanie. The three girls have a common bond - they feel unloved and unwanted. 'I am a prisoner here. I want to be released by love,' says Addie. Shelley confronts her past and finds that love was close by all the time. Set in a remote Derbyshire village steeped in lead mining history, Pitcher's poetic prose and precise figurative language evoke a powerful sense of time and place. It is a pity that the dialogue lacks the same liveliness but this does not seriously detract from this engaging story.