A Song for Issy Bradley

A Song for Issy Bradley

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD


‘I cannot remember when a novel has seduced me so completely…it feels as if a trusted old friend is telling you the story, that the characters are people you know’ The Times


‘A terrific book . . . I loved A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY. It’s wry, smart, human, and rather miraculously, avoids mawkishness. And, ultimately, it’s moving and comforting in a way that makes sense even to the agnostic'. Nick Hornby, The Believer


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.

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Carys Bray

Carys Bray was brought up in a strict Mormon family. In her early thirties she replaced religion with writing and in 2010 she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. She went on to win the MA category of the 2010 Edge Hill Prize and since then she has had stories published in a variety of literary magazines. She was awarded the Scott prize for her debut collection Sweet Home in 2012.

Her first novel, A Song for Issy Bradley, was published to great acclaim by Hutchinson in 2014. It was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize and the 2015 Desmond Elliot literary prize. Her second novel The Museum of You was published in hardback in the summer of 2016.

Carys is working on a PhD and lives in Southport with her husband and four children.

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