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Reading Guide – A Song for Issy Bradley

‘Bray brings humour, empathy and knowledge to what is fundamentally a novel about grief and faith – and whether the latter can emerge from the former unshaken. The Bradleys don’t. And nor, I guarantee, will you. Read this if you like Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You‘ Harper’s Bazaar

Winner of the Authors’ Bookclub First Novel award, and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and Desmond Elliott Prize 2015, A Song for Issy Bradley is the ideal Book Group read.

A life ends. And a different kind of life begins…

In lots of ways, the Bradleys are a normal family: Zippy is sixteen and in love for the first time; Al is thirteen and dreams of playing for Liverpool.

And in some ways, they’re a bit different: Seven-year-old Jacob believes in miracles. So does his dad.

But these days their mum doesn’t believe in anything, not even getting out of bed.

How does life go on, now that Issy is gone?

If you’d like some ideas for discussion points, then download the Reading Guide

‘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


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