fLy is an unusual type of fly. fLy is the narrator of this grubby, witty, insensitive story that follows the unhappy lives of two couples that both live on the campus of an elite English private boarding school. fLy lives with Tristan and Hannah; Tristan, an English teacher, is infatuated with one of his students, Sasha Burnham and Hannah, his wife, battles with alcohol dependency, an eating disorder and low self-esteem. But Hannah’s world changes when she realises that she is the object of desire for Jean Lempriere, a colleague of Tristan’s.
Hannah has made friends with the other couple on the campus, Fi and Raymond. Raymond is the Head of Economics and a bully and Fi is his frumpy, down trodden wife that confides all in Hannah. fLy humorously reveals the sex role playing that Raymond introduces into his married life, and divulges the dishonesty that plays a vital part in the unfolding infidelity that unites both couples.
fLy’s raw narrative seizes our trust in all that is divulged ensuring the reader knows, at last, what it means to be the ‘fly on the wall’!
Author M. Z. lives in Epsom, Surrey and wrote this story after reminiscing about the long letters that she used to write about her experiences at university where she studied English and American Literature.