Article published on June 10, 2016.
This summer Clover Quinn wants to find the missing pieces of her story.
Clover Quinn was a surprise. She used to imagine she was the good kind, now she’s not sure. She’d like to ask Dad about it, but growing up in the saddest chapter of someone else’s story is difficult.
Dad rarely mentions her mother, but the second bedroom is still full of her belongings. This summer, while Dad drives the number 300 bus back and forth to Liverpool, Clover will unpack her mother’s things and curate an exhibition – it’s her turn to surprise him.
The Museum of You by Carys Bray is a nudge Recommended Read, which means we have a limited number of copies to give for FREE (small p&p charge to pay) only from the nudge shop – order your copy now before they all go!
We’ve already marked it as ‘one to watch out for’…
Although slow I found it perfectly paced, allowing each and every character to be seen, heard and felt and creating a subtle but authentic sense of time and place. I appreciate working class life novels like this (see also The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon for another good example) that don’t become bogged down in bleakness and hardship – yes, it is there but there is also a great deal of humour and joy and community, which is incredibly uplifting and much more credible on a day to day level. The next door neighbour, Mrs Mackerel, is a lovely touch, hilarious and unwittingly wise, and Clover’s growing understanding of the grown-up world around her is touching and recognisable.
This really is a beautifully written story, nowhere near as sentimental as you might think but carefully and lovingly crafted with a generous dose of warmth and compassion. Carys Bray is a very good writer and one to continue watching.
On 23 June, to celebrate Independent Booksellers Week, Carys will be touring the North West on her very own bus! In the novel, Clover’s father Darren is a bus driver so it seemed the perfect way to bring part of the novel to life.
Carys will be visiting the following places:
1. Storytellers Inc. in St Annes – book event on the bus
2. Lancashire Archives – creative writing masterclass for students
3. Ebb & Flo in Chorley – book event on the bus
Refreshments will be available on board and the bus will be decorated with bunting! Vlogger Jen Campbell will be joining the tour to film the event and interview Carys on the way round.
On 29 June, at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, writer and journalist Sam Baker will be interviewing Carys Bray and Emma Straub (author of The Vacationers and Modern Lovers). The event will be filmed and hosted on The Pool. Tickets are available at £5 from Waterstones.
Don’t forget to order your copy of this nudge Recommended Read from the nudge shop!
About the author
Carys Bray was awarded the Scott Prize for her debut short-story collection, Sweet Home (Windmill, Feb 2016). 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.
Follow Carys on Twitter: @CarysBray
Follow Windmill Books on Twitter: @WindmillBooks
The Museum of You by Carys Bray, published on 16 June, 2016 by Hutchinson in hardback at £12.99
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