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More About This Title AFTER PHOENIX


One risky gift. One bad decision. A family taken to the brink

'Martine McDonagh writes simply, sparingly, intelligently and unsentimentally about both big and small things.' Stephen May, Costa Prize-shortlisted author of Life! Death! Prizes!

'Given that the book's subject is grief, it's amazing how vital, entertaining and even funny After Phoenix is, without in any way shortchanging the reality of the experience.' Caustic Cover Critic

'Despite beginning with a tragedy, this book is never entirely without hope and is a powerful portrait of grief and how time heals. Powerful stuff.' Annabel's House of Books

'Heart wrenching and life affirming in equal measure, the author has managed to give real insight whilst still being entertaining and making you want to turn the pages - your heart will ache but it will also laugh.' Liz Loves Books

'After Phoenix is a raw, emotive portrayal of a family pushed to its limits by grief.' Lizzie Enfield, author of What You Don't Know, and Uncoupled

'A great read.' Araminta Hall author of Everything and Nothing, and Dot

December 1973 The miners are on strike and the Jacobs family is preparing for what Prime Minister Ted Heath warns will be the hardest Christmas since the war. Phoenix is home after his first term at Oxford, his sister Penny dances to Gary Glitter in her bedroom and their father JJ writes his newspaper column in the garden shed.

January 1974 The country is in turmoil and the Jacobs family is falling apart. Phoenix is dead. His mother Katherine is admitted to the psychiatric hospital. JJ moves into the shed. And Penny is trying to carry on as normal...