Clare grew up in London and Hertfordshire. She trained as a librarian and now works for a law firm providing legal research and resources. After a lifelong love of books and fitting writing around her spare time, she decided to take a year to focus on developing her skills by applying for the MA at Bath Spa University. Clare now lives in Manchester with her husband and their cat. The Raw Material of Drastic Change is Clare’s first novel.
During the summer of 1976, Joseph watches his friends rape and murder a woman. Gripped by panic, he leaves his southern home town and travels north. Finding a village tucked inside the National Forest in Derbyshire, Joseph starts a new life, pushing down his feelings of shame and fear. He is accepted by the locals, and believes he has truly escaped. During the deep freeze of January 1977, the police arrive looking for Joseph. Shocked by the revelations, the townspeople are forced to question their judgment of strangers.