The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

Brian Conaghan


Bloomsbury

July 2018

$16.99 AU

362p pb

ISBN: 978-1408889121

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The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan is an intense, thought provoking book that follows the story of 17-year-old Bobby Seed and his family. His mother has MS, a disease that has left her almost bedridden and is slowly getting worse and worse. Due to the absence of his dad, Bobby is forced into a carer role for not only his mum, but his younger brother.

The insight that this novel gave into the lives of young carers and the day to day hardship that they face is something that Iíve never been exposed to and is something that I believe everyone should educate themselves on. In saying this though, this book does contain strong language and adult themes and is not suitable for younger readers due to aspects including drug use, terminal sickness, death and sexual references. Short, interesting chapters make this book not only easy to read but easy to read very quickly. There are very few books that will stick with you throughout your whole life and help shape the person that you become, Iím sure that this will be one of those.

Chelsea, age 16


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