February 12th 2004
£7.99
244 pages
B-format paperback
ISBN
978-0-9541303-6

Prizes

  • WINNER OF A BETTY TRASK AWARD 2004
  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK MEMORIAL PRIZE 2005
  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE JOHN LLEWELLYN RHYS PRIZE 2004

The Afterglow by Anthony Cartwright

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Meet the family: there’s Luke at work at Paradise Meatpacking, out on the town with Jamie, playing snooker with his unnerving mate Risley, and back in bed with his ex-fiancee. He knows he can count on his Mum and Dad, or have a heart-to-heart with sister Kerry – because, years after the death of toddler Adam, they all still feel haunted by that tragic day.

This is a novel you want to let speak for itself, so passionately concerned is it with voice and taboo, with the pressure of the unsaid on the said, with collective and individual utterance. With great tenderness, Cartwright reveals the tentative dreams and aspirations for a better life that underlie the seeming heartlessness of his quiet heroes

Michele Roberts, Independent on Sunday

A painfully honest and accomplished first novel . . . vivid and dramatic, it penetrates beneath the skin of young and old. We are given no more than the remnants of the old working-class world of warmth and solidarity, one that has now had its heart torn out, but what afterglow there is comes from the portrait of the mother, Mary, and her “little victories of life over death”

Philip Callow

With his keen ear for dialogue and visceral sense of the poetic, Cartwright has created a vivid portrait of a family under duress. Definitely a talent to watch

Waterstone’s Books Quarterly

Combining sharp social observation and compassion with the compelling narrative focus of Jon McGregor’s If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, this is a most impressive debut

Guardian

Anthony Cartwright’s characters are wholly believable, he has an instinctive talent for using description to create subtle shades of mood

Carol Birch

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