The trick of the novel is, of course, to persuade us that what is made up is real.
Enacting this suspension of disbelief is harder than it looks, though, which is possibly why so many debut authors choose the semi-autobiographical option for their first endeavour – there are few things more authentic than your own experience, and authenticity is key.
Needless to say, Tess is Leila’s opposite: attractive, confident, popular.
Yet she is also bi-polar, regularly hurtling into the depths of depression.
Mass tourism passes it by because it doesn't have the "kiss-me-kwik" attractions of the coastal resorts or the spectacular location and impressive architecture of Ronda, a few miles up the road.