Sparkling Books

Sparkling Books

Felix walks the same way to work through Southampton every morning and the same way home again in the evenings. His life up to this point feels like one day repeated over and over; a speck of silt caught in the city’s muddied waters. Sometimes it is all he can do to sit and watch while the urban sprawl races indifferently around him. But when the city stares back at him, one evening after work, everything changes.

He doesn’t see the statues head move, but he feels its eyes on him, studying him from its lofty perch in East Park. From then on he continues to glimpse it, or something like it, encroaching with every visitation. With it come memories, spilling through the streets, crawling through the dark, haunting his night-time flat, until he isn’t quite sure what is real anymore and what is imagined in this hard, grey place where the gulls watch him sleep…


‘Featherbones is an ethereal love song to a city by the sea. Thomas Brown’s beautiful novel depicts a liminal world of statues, drownings and winged creatures. It’s also a real page-turner. I love this book.’—Rebecca Smith, author of The Bluebird Café

‘This is an exquisitely written novel; deft, poised, and with a writer’s ear for the rhythms of the world around us. Featherbones does the always-difficult job of making the strange familiar while asking us to attend again to the things we think we know.’—William May, author and lecturer

‘I loved the use of language, I loved the story and above all, I loved the constant sensation that I was walking on the top of the dividing wall between reality and dream and imagination and past and present and future. I want to live on that wall for the rest of my life.’—Bookrazy blog

‘If you enjoy reading books that make you think, and make you wonder at the author’s ability to turn the everyday ordinary into something else, something a bit more extraordinary, then I recommend this book to you.’—Ionia Martin, Readful things

‘Thomas Brown writes such beautiful prose; Featherbones is worth reading for this alone. However, there is much more to appreciate – a fine, thought-provoking novel.’—Angela Thomas, Fantastic Books

‘Bleak but beautiful, reminds me of Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls.’—Patty Dohle, Bookseller

‘Beautiful, poetic writing about the everyday lives of Felix and Michael. Walking in the grey rain, through the grey city, birds are encountered and become almost magical. This one will make you think.’—Polly Halicki, reviewer

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