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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding, read by Lisa Harding. 

An Observer, Grazia, Irish Times and Irish Independent highlight for 2021. 

Being Tommy’s mother is too much for Sonya. 

Too much love, too much fear, too much longing for the cool wine she gulps from the bottle each night. Because Sonya is burning the fish fingers, and driving too fast, and swimming too far from the shore, and Tommy’s life is in her hands. 

Once there was the thrill of a London stage, a glowing acting career, fast cars, handsome men. But now there are blackouts and bare cupboards, and her estranged father showing up uninvited. There is Mrs O’Malley spying from across the road. There is the risk of losing Tommy - forever.

©2021 Lisa Harding (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Absolutely dazzling." (Marian Keyes)

"On every page there are little shimmering bombs." (Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women)

"Quietly devastating [...] Reminded me repeatedly of Shuggie Bain." (Observer)

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  • 27-04-2021

Absolutely lovely

This is a gentle and hard hitting story of a single mum's struggle to hold onto her son. The author is obviously reading it as she wrote it so hang in there with the fast pace of her narration. I presume it's meant to reflect the manic situation of addiction. Very well thought out and put together experience. Lisa's other book Harvesting remains a personal all time favourite

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