Blue Sky July
Glen Dimplex Prize Winner, Biography Category, 2009
Barnes & Noble Discovery Prize Winner, 2009
Good Housekeeping Book of the Year Shortlisted, 2009
Wales Book of the Year Shortlisted, 2008
“It’s the strangest time – a birth – for life to start falling apart”
Set between the summers of 1998 and 2005 in Cardiff, Blue Sky July follows the story of a mother whose child suffers a devastating brain injury. It traces her journey into a world hidden away in society’s pockets as she battles against impossible odds to heal him.
Through her intimate day by day musings, the book explores the impact of the tragedy on her home life, love life, friendships and connection to the world, as the most extraordinary relationship unfolds between them.
This book will challenge your heart and change your views.
Book of the Month on BBC Radio 5 for October 2007
Radio 4 Book of the Week; Featured in the Daily Mail and The Guardian; WH Smith’s ´Book of the Month´ for October 2007.
“…very poetic… My emotions were everywhere. I felt sad, even angry at times, but ultimately this is the wonderful story of a mother’s love and determination. A really moving book.”
Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson
“Un-put-downable and utterly compelling. A quiet classic.”
Yvonne Roberts, novelist and broadcaster
“Beautifully written and will strike a chord with every parent. It will have you hooked from beginning to end.”
“…an inspired and inspirational journal.”
“This is a book that is full of joy.”
Dame Vera Lynn
"A compelling read"