Carys Bray Book Signing ‘A Song For Issy Bradley’ at Broadhursts Books Southport Saturday 21st June 2014

Local author Carys Bray popped in to Broadhursts Book Sellers on Market Street this evening to launch her latest book ‘A Song For Issy Bradley’

Carys has already been receiving rave reviews for her debut novel.

Additionally ‘A Song For Issy Bradley’ will be featured as a BBC Radio 4, Book at Bedtime on the week beginning the  11th August.

Carys Bray was brought up in a devout Mormon family.

In her early thirties she left the church and replaced religion with writing.

She was awarded the Scott prize for her debut short story collection Sweet Home. A Song for Issy Bradley is her first novel.

She lives in Southport with her husband and four children.

If you were unable to attend todays signing you can still obtain a copy at Broadhursts Books (5-7 Market Street, Southport, PR8 IHD.

What the experts say:

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, The Believer

A skilful and empathetic dramatisation. The fact that it deals with such distressing subject matter without falling prey to sentimentality makes it all the more admirable.
– The Guardian

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

A brilliant debut, compelling and profoundly moving.
– Nathan Filer, author of Costa-winner THE SHOCK OF THE FALL

Carys Bray is a strikingly original new voice in fiction. I loved this tender, moving, funny and deeply truthful story about a family and a faith tested to breaking-point.
– Helen Dunmore, author of THE LIE and Orange-shortlisted THE SIEGE

Quite simply, A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY took my breath away.
– Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of ORPHAN TRAIN

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

A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY is that rarest of things—a book that is beautiful, tender and a page turner. Carys Bray made me fall hopelessly in love with each and every one of the Bradleys.
– Carol Rifka Brunt, New York Times bestselling author of TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME

Such strong writing, with so much fine imagery. It sings. The characters are completely believable and their grief is conveyed with a truly admirable, unsentimental, lightness of touch, which brought laughter between the tears.
– Emma Henderson, author of Orange-shortlisted GRACE WILLIAMS SAYS IT LOUD

Bray’s powerful work immerses you in the Bradleys’ battle to carry on but far from marooning you in despair you are left realising that there are many routes back to the solid ground of hope.
– The Express
An early contender for book of the year.
– The Sun

Sometimes the stories which move you the most are the ones that stay with you forever and we’re tipping debut novel, A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY as one of those tales.
– Woman and Home

In places it is devastating, but it is also unexpectedly funny, even joyful, a hugely impressive novel about what it means to  grieve – and to be part of a family.
– The Bookseller

Prepare not only to be moved but also, perhaps, to question your own belief system.
– NewBooks

Carys Bray tells a stunning heart-warming story about loss that is brave, even funny and so heartbreaking in its sincerity that you’ll need to keep that tissue box handy.
– BookFabulous

A tribute to the trials and rewards of community, and to the enduring bonds of family life – in all its messy wonder.
– Maria Dickenson
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