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Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | July 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Classic coming-of-age love story This radiant story of summer love, family secrets and following your dreams begins with an almighty bang. On the penultimate day of her school year, Emerald’s alcoholic mother goes into rehab and, with her dad frantic at work, she’s sent to Dublin to stay with her grandmother. There she meets aspiring songwriter, Liam. He’s immediately smitten by Emerald’s “beautiful crooked smile”, and could listen to her for hours, and the feeling is mutual.
As they fall head-over-heels, Emerald faces uncomfortable truths about her selfie obsessed friends, and even worse about her family, while Liam struggles to bear the weighty load of his father’s expectations. While no one can question how smitten they are, one question remains: will their love withstand an unfiltered exposure of truth?
This moving, funny, life-affirming tonic is as satisfying as a long glass of iced lemonade on a sultry afternoon. That special sensation of spending a summer falling in love – of dusk picnics on the beach, of stealing away to uninhabited spaces – is captured in all its giddy, weak-at-the-knees gloriousness. ~ Joanne Owen
This is the story of THAT SUMMER ...the one when everything changes. Emerald has grown up in a privileged world - the beloved daughter of a wealthy family, friends with all the right people, social media addict. But Emerald's family has secrets - and when Emerald finds her mum unconscious on the bathroom floor, no one can pretend any more. Now she's being packed off to stay with her grandma in Ireland while her mum recuperates and her dad just works and works and works. Grandma's big, lonely house is set back from the beach, and there's no phone signal or wifi. It's going to be a long summer ...Until she meets Liam.
When you're falling in love, it's hard to tell someone everything. Even if you've got nothing to hide any more. And when secrets and lies are all you're used to, how do you deal with real love - brave and true - with no filter?
"My daughter devoured No Filter in 24 hours and then talked about it for days" – Mariella Fostrup
|Publication date:||13th July 2017|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Childrens an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Romance / Relationship Stories, Personal Social Health Economic|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, eBooks|
Born in Dublin, Orlagh Collins left Ireland after university to break into the film industry in London, working on productions such as Calendar Girls and Ali G before taking over as Head of Physical Production at Pathe' Films, where she oversaw numerous award-winning films including Breakfast on Pluto and The Queen. Orlagh co-produced the BIFA-winning documentary Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten and Mary Shelley, starring Elle Fanning. Orlagh lives in Somerset with her husband and their two children. No Filter is her first novel.More About Orlagh Collins