18th May 2020
Date:18/05/2020 e.g. Doors open at 630pm start 7pm
We are thrilled to invite you to an event with local author from Southport Carys Bray talking in conversation with friend of the shop Simon Savidge.
‘Carys Bray’s talent is her understated emotion and wry humour . . . a perceptive and sensitive storyteller.’ Observer
From the author of the Costa-shortlisted A Song For Issy Bradley comes a novel for our times. With her trademark wit and empathy Bray’s deeply affecting third novel examines climate anxiety but at its heart it’s a novel about family. Bray captures the reality of everyday family life with pinpoint precision. As the rain lashes down and the damp rises, a family struggles to stay afloat in the gathering domestic storm. Brilliantly exploring a marriage in crisis, When the Lights Go Out centres on the relationship between Emma, who’s preparing for Christmas and her husband Chris, who is preparing for the end of the world. In his mind, desperate times call for desperate measures. Chris has turned off the heating. He treks his sons across the Moss in the drubbing rain. He has filled the garage with rice and beans and wants the family to practise suturing on the pigs trotters he’s put in the freezer. And he has other plans that, if voiced, Emma would surely veto. But what if, while preparing for disaster, he unwittingly precipitates it?
Carys Bray says: ‘I started writing this novel almost 4 years ago. During those years, discussion of the issues I was exploring became more diffuse and urgent. As I completed the novel, thousands of people were preparing to engage in non-violent protests in an attempt to force the government to tell the truth about climate change and act accordingly. When the Lights Go Out is about coming to terms with our changing environment. It's about the solace and sorrow of modern life, and I hope it's also an entertaining exploration of anxiety and avoidance in a fraying marriage
Shades of Angela Carter’ Guardian ‘Carys Bray's words are filled with the most incredible tenderness and wisdom, and every character is so rich, they each become a story in their own right.’ Joanna Cannon Carys Bray was awarded the Scott Prize for her debut short-story collection, Sweet Home. Her first novel, A Song for Issy Bradley, was chosen for Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and winner of the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2015. She lives in Southport with her husband and four children.Venue:
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