'A powerful and truthful story about hope and how to find it' The Times
'A gem of a book' Emily Maitlis
Emma's husband Chris is fretting about starvation and societal collapse. He's turned off the heating and is stockpiling off-label medicines and tins of baked beans.
Chris, certain that society will soon spiral to its doom, finds Emma's optimism exasperating. Emma finds Chris's obsession with disaster relentless. She's beginning to wonder whether relationships, like mortgages, should be conducted in five-year increments. But when Chris's mother turns up for a visit, the cracks begin to show. Will Emma and Chris be able to find their way back to each other?
One of the best things you'll read: warm, witty and wise.
Carys Bray writes with a quiet formidable brilliance. Her observations on relationships are acute, painful and extremely funny. This is a gem of a book.
Bray is brilliant in her explorations of the delicate ecosystem of a long marriage.
Bray has a knack of dealing with weighty themes with the lightest of touches.
It's a fresh, topical perspective, told expertly by Bray ... When the Lights Go Out ultimately asks a pertinent question: what does it mean to be good, or happy, or prepared, and which of these is most important? In the end, Bray's characters are forced to accept that they don't know - which, in this age of social media-heightened political division that seems to encourage dogmatism, is a welcome tonic.
The author of A Song for Issy Bradley, Carys Bray, talks about the process of getting her novel published, the reaction of readers to her characters and her advice for first time authors