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February 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: angry, witty and ultimately life-affirming coming-of-age story
The Taste of Blue Light establishes Lydia Ruffles as an exciting and original new voice in YA. We first meet her central character Lux Langley at her school’s end of year party, the kind of wild, uninhibited bacchanal that Richdene Art School is famous for. She seems to be everything many teens long to be – bold, confident, popular. But something happens that turns her summer bad, so that ever after it tastes to Lux ‘of tequila and ash’. What that something is, we don’t know; Lux can’t remember but she’s desperate to find out. It makes for powerful, sometimes painful reading, and indeed could almost be too angst-ridden but for Lux’s sharp, sarcastic teen voice which grips and intrigues with equal measure.
A Piece of Passion from Anne McNeil, senior publisher at Hachette Children’s Group: “We are incredibly proud to be publishing Lydia; her voice is vividly unique. Whilst The Taste of Blue Light is by no means the same story as The Bell Jar, Lydia’s main character, Lux, has parallels with Plath’s Esther. Both are young women who are privileged in the opportunities presented to them, but both women feel out of place and suffocated, and unable to touch upon why they feel the way they do.”
An incandescent, soul-searching story about a broken young woman's search for a truth buried so deep it threatens to consume her, body and mind.
These are the things Lux knows: She is an artist. She is lucky. She is broken.
These are the things she doesn't know: What happened over the summer. Why she ended up in hospital. Why her memories are etched in red.
The nightmares tend to linger long after your screams have woken you up...Desperate to uncover the truth, Lux's time is running out. If she cannot piece together the events of the summer and regain control of her fractured mind, she will be taken away from everything and everyone she holds dear. If her dreams don't swallow her first.
|Publication date:||8th February 2018|
|Publisher:||Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group|
|Primary Genre||Children's & YA Fiction|
Brimming to full with tenderness and caustic wit. Immaculately written, the journey inside the damaged mind of Lux Langley will leave you feeling overwhelmed and amazed Richard Skinner, author of The Mirror
Beautiful. Visceral. Gripping. If Sylvia Plath wrote a novel foryoung adults, The Taste of Blue Light would be it Louise O'Neill, author of Asking for It
Startling and mesmeric. Lux is a refreshingly complex heroine Daisy Buchanan, author of How to be a Grown Up
This is a beautiful book, both inside and out ... I devoured every page Alice Feeney, author of Sometimes I Lie
It's very brave, and fierce, and electric Sara Barnard, author of Beautiful Broken Things
Vivid, overwhelming, powerful, this is a visceral novel exploringfirst love, obsession and the curse and wonder of synaesthesia Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle
After graduating with a degree in theatre and a postgraduate diploma in public relations, Lydia Ruffles spent a decade working in corporate communications in between travels. She is a graduate of the acclaimed Faber Academy and lives in London. The Taste of Blue Light is her first novel. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @lydiarufflesMore About Lydia Ruffles