A Song For Issy Bradley by Carys Bray.

The book we will be discussing at our staff book group meeting on Wednesday 27th January 2016 at 12 till 1pm is: ‘A Song for Issy Bradley’ by Carys Bray.

a song for Issy Bradley



Wednesday 27th January 2016 (12-1pm)

See you at BOC in Committee Room 2

See you at BRC in Mordington G10





Author: Angela Roberts

Writer. Reader. Theatre buff. Hemingway boff. Footy fan. IT-whizz. PETA's Action Team member. Mum. Wife. Loves words, characters and stories.

4 thoughts on “A Song For Issy Bradley by Carys Bray.”

  1. I read the first few chapters very quickly and was fascinated by the insights into the Mormon church. However the adult characters are beginning to irritate me (especially Ian) and I have started another book to have a rest from him!

  2. Like Kate, I am really enjoying the insights into the Mormon church, and I am very moved by the exploration of the children’s reactions to the death of their sister. It’s a bit bleak at the moment but I am expecting a big fight/leaving of church/resolution at the end!

  3. I read this book some time ago but was thrilled it was chosen for the book group as I wanted to be able to discuss it. It was very interesting to learn so much about Mormonism and I think the author conveyed the realities of the faith while still preserving the dignity of the main characters. Carys Bray writes with such clarity and emotion without ever descending into sentimentality. At times, it reminded me of how apparently ordinary events and life’s small details can be truly significant. She uses humour to further emphasise the poignancy of situations.
    The characters are real and they each reflect different aspects of this family’s journey through life (as well as their struggles with their faith), in a totally unique way. I liked them all and even began to understand Ian and to have some empathy for him in his increased sense of confusion.
    I guess that the end of the book could be interpreted in different ways. I felt that the final pages of the book are drawn as an image. As Claire is on the sands, physically distant from her family, it seems as though their love for one another would ultimately reunite them following the turmoil and trauma they have experienced; what they feel at this stage seems so real. Quite an achievement to create a hopeful ending in this way in a book about so much loss.

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