Carys Bray

When the Lights Go Out
  • When the Lights Go Out

  • 'A powerful and truthful story about hope and how to find it' The Times
    'Beautifully written' Daily Mail

    While Emma is preparing for Christmas, her husband Chris frets about starvation and societal collapse. He's turned off the heating and instead of buying Christmas presents he's buying off-label medicines and stockpiling food.

    Chris finds Emma's relentless optimism exasperating. Emma finds Chris relentless. She's beginning to wonder whether relationships, like mortgages, should be conducted in five-year increments. But when Chris's mother unexpectedly turns up for a visit, and torrential rain plunges the whole family into darkness, desperate times call for desperate measures. But even the darkness cannot hide the cracks in Emma and Chris's marriage. Will they be able to find their way back to each other?

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.

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