The Nearest Faraway Place
A powerfully told story of the love between two brothers in the aftermath of a family tragedy.
Griff and Dylan are just returning from a holiday with their parents, sweltering in the heat in the back of a Morris Mini, about to cross into Manhattan. Out of the corner of his eye Dylan is distracted by something sparkly, flying through the air. And then it happens. A trailer from the lorry in front smashes into their car. Dylan and Griff's parents are killed.
The boys are suddenly orphans with nowhere to go until a kind aunt and uncle give them a new home in Wales. Now Dylan and Griff have everything they need - love, a happy home and future. But Dylan is worried about Griff: whether he is OK, whether he is copying with the terrible loss. He doesn't seem to speak about it or really acknowledge it. And Dylan has something else that he needs to come to terms with too.
A powerfully told story of the love between two brothers in the aftermath of a family tragedy
a stunning story of grief, hope and brotherhood. * Kat Ellis, author of Purge * A brilliantly well written and poignant story about grief for teenagers which I would highly recommend. It's both real and raw whilst still feeling slightly magical. * The Book Bag * Heart breaking and heart warming. A welcome and important addition to teen literature. * The Reading Zone * A thought-provoking, sensitive tale of the different stages of grief and healing. You're really rooting for the endearing siblings as they try to help each other. I also loved the cultural contrast between living in America and Wales. Flavoured with Dylan Thomas references and quotes, this is a poignant, heart-warming tale of brotherly love. * South Wales Evening Post * 'As I turned the final page, tears streaming down my face, I felt like a weight had been lifted off me, and that I had been on a hell of a journey with Griff and Dylan. A beautiful, lyrical story of love and brotherhood and loss and moving on.' * Much Ado About Books * The best tear-jerkers are often novels where pain goes hand-in-hand with humour, and Hayley Long's The Nearest Far Away Place offers up a superb example...This is a superb depiction of sibling love, complete with its frustrations and arguments. * Irish Times * When I started reading The Nearest Faraway Place I thought I knew what I was getting: a story about grief and moving through it. This is indeed the thrust of the story but its narrative also twists and turns like the emotional rollercoaster the protagonist and his brother are on. The unexpected changes in pace and direction left me, with a third of the book still to read, sobbing buckets on a busy train - so much so, the stranger next to me actually asked if I was OK. Slightly embarrassing, yes, but a testament to writer Hayley Long's skill at pulling the rug out from underneath you. * My Book Corner *
Hayley Long began writing teen fiction while working as an English teacher in Cardiff. Her first teen novel, Lottie Biggs is Not Mad, was awarded the White Raven label for outstanding children's literature by the International Youth Library. Since then her fingers haven't stopped typing. Hayley has been a winner of the Essex Book Award, and shortlisted for the Costa Book Award - twice! Hayley has also enjoyed the razzle-dazzle of being a Queen of Teen nominee. Hayley has now published two books with Hot Key, SOPHIE SOMEONE and her first non-fiction title, BEING A GIRL in 2014. Follow Hayley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HayleyLongAuthor