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The weight of a thousand feathers

The weight of a thousand feathers

Conaghan, Brian, 1971- author

Bobby Seed is used to going the extra mile for the ones he loves, and he does it willingly. It's up to Bobby to get Mum her pills, to help her up the stairs, to laugh her out of her pain. It's up to Bobby to comfort his little rother Danny, to explain why Mum's not like the Mum they remember. One day, he's asked to go further. Mum asks him the big question. The one many would find unthinkable. If he agrees, he won't just be soothing her pain. He'll be helping to end it. Would he? Could he?

Hardback, Book. English. General. Young adult fiction. Teenage Fiction. Fiction 13+.
Published London: Bloomsbury Young Adult, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: Brian Conaghan
ISBN: 140887153X, 9781408871539
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Physical Description: 368 pages ; 22 cm

Author note

Brian Conaghan was born and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives in Dublin. He has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. For many years Brian worked as a teacher and taught in Scotland, Italy and Ireland. His novels include The Boy Who Made It Rain, published in 2011, When Mr Dog Bites - which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2015 and attracted both praise and controversy for its honest, moving and humorous depiction of a teenage boy with Tourette's syndrome - and The Bombs That Brought Us Together, winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2016.


Beautifully observed and hilariously uncomfortable
Praise for WHEN MR DOG BITES: Guardian||Laughter is inevitable
Praise for THE BOMBS THAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER: Irish Times||This is a portrayal of young male bonding, complete with all the lively banter of true camaraderies, at its most tender and affectionate
Praise for WHEN MR DOG BITES: Irish Times||An outstanding debut, packed with energy and a brilliant distinctive voice
Praise for WHEN MR DOG BITES: Bookseller||Believable, funny, brave and vulnerable young male characters . thought-provoking novel . drama and tension in plenty . irrepressible humour
Praise for THE BOMBS THAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER: Joy Court, The School Librarian||Humanity and humour thread through the challenging storyline from the first page to the very last