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Taste the Bright Lights Paperback – 21 Feb 2014

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Airstrip One Publications (21 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955685532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955685538
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.4 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,219,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A powerful book that should be on all parents' buying lists. Canning's writing is that rare thing in the world of books - original and totally honest."

"This book completely knocked me sideways. Laura Canning's portrayal of the forgotten and misunderstood youth of today is vivid and shocking. Told in the voice of 14-year-old Lisa the writing is perfectly pitched and displays an uncanny understanding of teenage angst.

The book pulls no punches. It's a page-turner and an eye-opener... speaks for the disenchanted voice of a generation much like `Catcher in the Rye' would have done to the youth of the 50s."

"The most terrifying book I've ever read. It's scary because it bleeds truth. Incendiary reading.Exemplary writing. I read it in one sitting and couldn't move for an hour afterwards. In fact, I'm still having nightmares about it."

"Outstanding - I finished it in one swoop and was totally amazed by it. Breathtaking. By god it deserves a hearing."

"One of the best novels I've read all year - really, seriously good. It made me cry and laugh and it all felt very, uncomfortably real. Brilliant job - this book deserves to be much better known."

"Exceptional. I was immediately captured by the powerful and witty writing. A powerful, vivid and enjoyable book, very highly recommended for both adults and teenagers."
"Stunning portrayal with great humour, yet so dark and sad. Loved it!"

"I was totally blown away by this book."


"Powerful book that took my emotions on a rollercoaster ride. A must read."

"Fantastic read."


"...destined for great things, one of those 'important' novels that critics sometimes harp on about.' (Island of Fog series author Keith Robinson)

'...chills to the bone and hits you between the eyes with an almost visceral thrill of recognition - there are deep fundamental insights about Lisa's character that speak to the lonely, insecure child living inside each of us, no matter how hard we try to deny her existence. And that goes a long way towards explaining the universal pull of Lisa, the central character of the book... A brilliant book which should be on the syllabus of every secondary school.'

"I came across Taste the Bright Lights by chance and, having read some of the author's excellent journalism, bought it principally for my 15 year old son. I'd planned just to glance through it before handing it over, but was immediately captured by the powerful and witty writing. He didn't have to wait long, though - every spare moment during the next twenty-four hours was spent reading the novel...a powerful, vivid and enjoyable book, very highly recommended for both adults and teenagers."

"I came across Taste the Bright Lights by chance and, having read some of the author's excellent journalism, bought it principally for my 15 year old son. I'd planned just to glance through it before handing it over, but was immediately captured by the powerful and witty writing. He didn't have to wait long, though - every spare moment during the next twenty-four hours was spent reading the novel...a powerful, vivid and enjoyable book, very highly recommended for both adults and teenagers."

"Epic Northern Irish novel...this book will become a classic."

"..remarkable work - should be a compulsory text on every educational curriculum."

"A work of complete honesty and authenticity. Should be on the school syllabus as a warning to children and teachers alike."

From the Back Cover

DERRY GIRLS MEETS THE OUTSIDERS - 1990s STYLE

Tough, gritty and darkly witty - a 14 year old girl's story in 1990s Northern Ireland.

I don't know where to start, if I'm trying to tell it. How I ended up here? What happened with my ma? The baby?

Always begin at the beginning, my annoying cow of an English teacher used to say. Like you can begin anywhere else. She always used to say as well, Make sure you have a beginning, a middle and an end, but it'll be a long time before there's an end to my story. I've got a bit of a beginning and a bit of a middle, but for any more, tough, I don't know it myself.

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