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A Song for Issy Bradley - Carys Bray

A Song for Issy Bradley - Carys Bray

Title: A Song for Issy Bradley

Author:  Carys Bray

ISBN:  9780091954376

Weight:  805g

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A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray

This is the story of what happens when Issy Bradley dies.

It is the story of Ian – husband, father, maths teacher and Mormon bishop – and his unshakeable belief that everything will turn out all right if he can only endure to the end, like the pioneers did.  It is the story of his wife Claire’s lonely wait for a sign from God and her desperate need for life to pause while she comes to terms with what’s happened.

It is the story of the agony and hope of Zippy Bradley’s first love.  The story of Alma Bradley’s cynicism and reluctant bravery.  And it is the story of seven-year-old Jacob.  His faith is bigger than a mustard seed, probably bigger than a toffee bonbon and he’s planning to use it to mend his broken family with a miracle.

Incredibly moving, unexpectedly funny and so sharply observed it will make you feel as if you could pick the woodchip off the bedroom wall, A Song for Issy Bradley explores the outer reaches of doubt and faith.  But mostly it’s a story about a family trying to work out how to carry on when their world has fallen apart.

Peer & Press Reviews

Bray demonstrates the comforts of faith – the magic, hope and imagination – as well as its restrictions.  This is an impressive debut from a compassionate, wise and original new voice.

The Independent

I loved A Song For Issy Bradley.  It’s wry, smart, human… it’s moving and comforting in a way that makes sense even to the agnostic.

Nick Hornby, author of Funny Girl

I couldn’t leave it alone.  Bray writes with such clarity, intelligence and authenticity that it feels as if an old friend is telling you the story, that the characters are people you know.

The Times

I loved A Song For Issy Bradley: such courage, warmth and intelligence.  Carys Bray sweetly and subtly breaks your heart.  It’s an incredible debut.

Charlotte Mendelson, author of Booker-longlisted Almost English

Bibliographic Info

Title:A Song for Issy Bradley
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Book features:Red cover with white text on spine, grey endpapers overprinted with a wind-swept tree, leaves and birds.
Jacket features:Textured matt finish with embossed title and author text, gloss UV highlights.
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Dated:Yes – 20.6.14
Book Stats
Publisher:Cornerstone Publishing
Awards and prizes:

Desmond Elliott Prize 2015 – shortlist

Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2015 – winner

15 Bytes Book Awards – finalist (fiction category)

Waverton Good Read Award 2014/15 – shortlist

Association for Mormon Letters Award 2014 – finalist (novel category)

Costa Book Awards 2014 (First Novel Award) – shortlist

Book Club listing:Selected for the 2015 Richard and Judy Summer Book Club
Media adaptation:Serialised on BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime (August 2014)
Publication date:
Printed by:CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13:9780091954376
ISBN 10:0091954371
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d):224 x 145 x 39mm
Design Credits
Jacket design:Glenn O'Neill
Jacket illustrations:Britta Stenhouse / FolioArt (illustrations within bird motif)
Jacket lettering:Stephen Raw (title and author’s name)

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