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Furious Thing

by Jenny Downham

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults Family Drama Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on Furious Thing

Bestselling author Jenny Downham (Before I Die) has created a timely masterpiece that captures the true feelings of a teenage girl in a difficult, troubling and all-too-common situation.


Furious Thing Synopsis

Anger was something to believe in when the world let her down. Furious Thing roars with justifiable anger at an unfair world, as one girl fights to claim back the spaces that belong to her and battles to be heard . . .

Lexi's angry. And it's getting worse. If only she could stop losing her temper and behave herself, her step-father would accept her, her mum would love her like she used to and her step-brother would declare his crushing desire to spend the rest of his life with her. She wants these things so badly she determines to swallow her anger and make her family proud. But pushing fury down doesn't make it disappear. Instead, it simmers below the surface waiting to erupt. There'll be fireworks when it does.

“There are lots of girls in the world with real and justifiable cause to be angry. Girls who fight to claim back the spaces that belong to them and who battle to be heard. I hope this story encourages more of them to make a noise.” Jenny Downham

In January 2019, the UK government published a landmark domestic abuse bill, introducing the first ever statutory government definition of domestic abuse to specifically include controlling and manipulative non-physical behaviour. In Furious Thing, Downham provides a window into being a teenage girl with lived experience of just this.

Furious Thing Press Reviews

'This book is furiously brilliant' Holly Bourne 

'Breathtakingly good' Lisa Williamson

“One of the best YAs I have EVER READ. Full of feminist righteousness, this is a book I wish I had read when I
was 16”  - Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller 

“burns with a fury and fire”  - Helen Boyle, WRD EXTRA

“brilliantly handled. I sobbed.”- Kate Morris Double, Book Box Club

Praise for Jenny Downham’s writing:

‘stunningly told’ The Times

‘life-affirming’  Daily Mail 

‘powerful stuff’   Fabulous Magazine 

‘stunning’  BuzzFeed 

‘poignant’  The Sun

‘a star name in UK YA'   The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9781788450980
Publication date: 03/10/2019
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788450980
Publication date: 3rd October 2019
Author: Jenny Downham
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 378 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,
Categories: General fiction (Children's / Teenage),

About Jenny Downham

Jenny Downham was an actress for many years before concentrating on her writing full-time. She lives in London with her two sons. Her book Before I Die was critically acclaimed and was short listed for the 2007 Guardian Award and the 2008 Lancashire Children's Book of the Year, nominated for the 2008 Carnegie Medal and the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, and won the 2008 Branford Boase Award. Get to know Jenny more by watching her 30 second interview.

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