Winner of the Branford Boase award 2014: a truly beautiful book about the summer that changed one girl's life - one in which her mum leaves home, travellers set up camp in the family's field, her older brother goes off the rails, and she falls in love for the very first time. Iris is mourning the boy in the casket - but who is it? Sam, her tearaway brother, or Trick, her tentative boyfriend? Over one long hot summer, we find out just how their three lives were turned upside-down.
C.J. Flood, also known as Chelsey Flood, graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2010 with an MA in creative writing. She has won several prizes and awards for her writing, including the Curtis Brown Award, and also received funding from the Arts Council to complete Infinite Sky. She blogs as a member of the Lucky 13s and at CJFlood.blogspot.co.uk, and tweets as @cjflood_author. Infinite Sky is her debut novel and she is currently working on her next book in Bristol.
'Extraordinarily powerful . . . brilliantly visual and full of feeling'
'Every character is drawn with sympathy, economy and assurance'
– Amanda Craig, The Times
'Loved by young adult journalists, CJ Flood's debut novel is also a burgeoning hit among adult readers'
'A beautiful, delicate debut'
– Nathan Filer, author The Shock of the Fall
Infinite Sky is beautiful. It made me cry... I love how the place and the 'natural world' is like a character and... I love the romance - how it's more than a romance, really, and not at all sentimental or typical.
– Simmone Howell, author of Notes from the Teenage Underground
I loved Infinite Sky. Thanks for introducing me to a fantastic new author.
– Keith Gray, author of Ostrich Boys
C.J. Flood has hit upon a timely topic. Interest in the travelling community gathers momentum, and this is a serious story that asks some brave questions.
– We Love This Book
Strong debut…She's one to watch.
– The Bookseller
A beautifully written, poignant account of first love, so full of delightfully recognisable moments, it will have grown-ups welling up.
– The Irish Time, Gloss magazine
Exceptionally good. From the first sentence… the story grips you… Moving, open-ended and remarkable.
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