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Carys Bray

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Carys was born in Southport in 1975 and has lived in Utah, Exeter and Bournemouth. The daughter of devout Mormon parents, she developed an early love of fantastical stories and a fascination with angels, gold plates and lost civilisations. Carys has spent huge chunks of her life with her nose in a book. In fact, if it was at all possible, shed probably insert her whole self between the pages like Woody Allens Sidney Kugelmass.

Carys always dreamed of being a writer but at some point during a sleep-deprived, toddler-filled decade she forgot, or she lost her nerve its all a bit of a fog. In 2009 she achieved a BA in Literature from The Open University and in 2010 she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. She went on to win the MA category of the 2010 Edge Hill Prize and since then she has had stories published in a variety of literary magazines, in print and online. Her debut collection Sweet Home won the Scott prize. A Song for Issy Bradley is her first novel. Carys lives in Southport with her husband and four children.
   Flashmob (2011) (with Mollie Baxter, Carla Scarano D'Antonio, Jane Eagland, Norman Hadley, David Hartley, Benjamin Judge, Clare Kirwan, Kevin McCann and Claire Massey)
   Sweet Home (2012)
   How Much the Heart Can Hold (2016) (with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Bernardine Evaristo, Grace McCleen, Donal Ryan, Nikesh Shukla and D W Wilson)
Costa Book Awards Best First Novel nominee (2014) : A Song for Issy Bradley
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book nominee (2015) : A Song for Issy Bradley

Carys Bray recommends
The A-Z of Everything (2017)
Debbie Johnson
"Funny and poignant - a celebration of life and the enduring power of love."
Lost For Words (2017)
Stephanie Butland
"Loved the unfolding mystery."
See What I Have Done (2017)
Sarah Schmidt
"Vivid, sultry and engrossing."
All the Good Things (2017)
Clare Fisher
"Compassionate and beautifully written."
Shelter (2017)
Sarah Franklin
"Tender and illuminating."
The Woodcock (2021)
Richard Smyth
"Beautifully written – I could almost taste the salt."

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