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'Absolutely dazzling' Marian Keyes
'Startling, urgent and intimate' Lisa McInerney
'I lived every scene as I read' Donal Ryan
Being Tommy’s mother is too much for Sonya.
Too much love, too much fear, too much longing for the cool wine she gulps from the bottle each night. Because Sonya is burning the fish fingers, and driving too fast, and swimming too far from the shore, and Tommy’s life is in her hands.
Once there was the thrill of a London stage, a glowing acting career, fast cars, handsome men. But now there are blackouts and bare cupboards, and her estranged father showing up uninvited. There is Mrs O’Malley spying from across the road. There is the risk of losing Tommy – forever.
Absolutely dazzling . . . While the subject matter is dear to my heart, I’d have loved it even if I knew nothing about addiction. It’s instantly engrossing. Sonya’s emotional interiority is fascinating and compelling. I really cared about her and Tommy – they felt very real to me - Marian Keyes
A novel of extraordinary intimacy and vividness, a uniquely disquieting account of a mind sinking into the depths and rising again, full of such powerful love and fear - Megan Hunter, author of 'The End We Start From'
A tense, unflinching, immersive mapping of a pitted track of addiction and recovery . . . I lived every scene as I read, and I know that these characters will be with me for a long time - Donal Ryan
Startling, urgent and intimate, Bright Burning Things is a meticulous portrait of a life unravelling, and of the painstaking, heartbreaking work to put it all back together - Lisa McInerney
Tender and electric, Bright Burning Things interrogates the raw edges of love and addiction with an honesty that made me ache. It captures the fragility of our fractured minds and illuminates our power to break legacies of hurt - Jessica Andrews, author of 'Saltwater'