Life, Interrupted by Damian Kelleher

Life, Interrupted

Written by Damian Kelleher

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Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2010

Sorrow and happiness course through this book of huge emotions, which gives lots of room for optimism despite dealing with tragedy. Fourteen-year-old Luke is used to coping with things, especially his accident-prone younger brother Jesse. But nothing can prepare him when his mother suddenly becomes dangerously ill. How Luke and Jesse react to their mother’s illness and death is touchingly told in Luke’s voice as he charts the different ways the boys deal with the shock and grief and, above all, how by pulling together and committing absolutely to keeping their own lives going, they survive. However, as well as these heavyweight themes it is also full of football and friendship. A harrowing but life affirming debut.


Life, Interrupted by Damian Kelleher

Luke’s world is turned upside down when his mum collapses at the hospital where she works as a nurse. Fourteen-year-old Luke and his football-obsessed younger brother Jesse each cope in their different ways, and, as time passes, they must confront some painful truths.

What’s up with your mum?’

Honest, funny and deeply moving, this is a story about facing the worst and surviving.

About the Author

Damian Kelleher

Damian Kelleher is a published author and an editor of children's books and young adult books.

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256 pages


Damian Kelleher
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Piccadilly Press Ltd

Publication date

30th January 2009




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