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A Song for Issy Bradley shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award

Costa Issy Bradley

We are delighted to hear that Carys Bray’s debut novel, A Song for Issy Bradley, has been shortlisted for the COSTA First Novel Award.

Incredibly moving, unexpectedly funny and so sharply observed, 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.

Hutchinson published A Song for Issy Bradley in June 2014 to great critical acclaim:

‘I started reading it and couldn’t leave it alone … I cannot remember a time when a novel has seduced me so completely.’ The Times

‘A brilliant debut, compelling and profoundly moving.’ Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall

‘A mesmerizing tale of faith, doubt and perseverance through the most difficult of times … tender, moving and unexpectedly funny.’ Stylist

‘I loved it … wry, smart, moving and comforting.’ Nick Hornby, The Believer

A Song for Issy Bradley is 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 … There are some wonderful one-liners … Bray’s greatest gift, however, is understatement.’ Grace McCleen, Observer

‘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.’ Suzi Feay, Independent

‘One of the year’s most impressive debuts.’ Mail on Sunday

‘Tender, moving, funny and deeply truthful.’ Helen Dunmore, author of The Lie

‘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 and Orange-shortlisted, When We Were Bad

‘Such strong writing, with so much fine imagery … very moving. 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

Click here to see Carys introducing her tender, moving and unforgettable debut, A Song for Issy Bradley.

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