Author(s): Clare Morrall
Imagine you are twenty-two and have never met anyone your own age. You live with your parents and younger siblings in an empty tower block outside Birmingham, isolated ever since a virus ravaged the population and most survivors fled to the south coast. But you're quite content: food is plentiful, you're long used to the weather's violent swings, and are connected online with the outside world. And you're about to meet your fiance, who is peddling hard up the weed-smothered M40 towards you. Then a stranger appears out of nowhere - a magnetic you man who charms the whole family. Except he's very good at evading questions about himself. You just don't know if you can trust him ...
PRAISE FOR AFTER THE BOMBING: Oscillating between World War II and the early Sixties, Morrall sets about evoking the war's enduring impact on those who were left behind on the home front, too young to take part yet irrevocably shaped by it nonetheless ... an engaging story throughout. -- Hephzibah Anderson Daily Mail A potent evocation of the war on the Home Front and its emotional impact on the young people who survived it ... as much a tale about identity and survival as it is about the impact of national trauma on individuals ... Her dedication to authenticity has paid off. The novel resonates with the age -- Danuta Kean Independent on Sunday Clare Morrall is a writer with a gift for unflamboyant but effective storytelling ... her narrative has a cumulative power -- Nick Rennison The Sunday Times Unusually emotional and moving ... You'll fly through it in no time - and love every minute of this deep, engrossing experience. Essentials I was enchanted from the very first page. The author's descriptions of war-torn Exeter are so vivid, I felt I was there. Good Housekeeping PRAISE FOR CLARE MORRALL: Morrall writes with poise and delicacy The Sunday Times Morrall is a sure, sharp writer Newsday
Clare Morrall was born in Exeter and now lives in Birmingham. She works as a music teacher, and has two daughters. Her first novel, Astonishing Splashes of Colour, was first published in 2003 by Tindal Street Press and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She has since published five novels: Natural Flights of the Human Mind, which is being adapted for film, The Language of Others, The Man Who Disappeared, which was a TV Book Club Summer read in 2010, The Roundabout Man and her most recent, After the Bombing, which was published by Sceptre in 2014.