Carys Bray | 'My Northern-ness feels like a matter of fact to me'

Carys Bray | 'My Northern-ness feels like a matter of fact to me'

Set during an extremely wet December, Carys Bray’s new novel tells the story of the cooling climate of a marriage, as well as dealing with climate anxiety. Though she started writing the book almost four years ago, she notes that in the intervening years discussion of the issues she explores in the story has only become “more diffuse and urgent”.

Described by publisher Hutchinson as “a novel for our times”, When the Lights Go Out centres on the relationship between Emma, who is preparing for Christmas, and her husband Chris, who is preparing for the end of the world. As rain lashes down an...

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