"...one of the most authentic teenage voices you'll ever read" (reader review)
"Outstanding. Breathtaking. By god it deserves a hearing." (bestselling author Sam Millar)
Northern Ireland, 1999
A boot in the face. A broken nose. Blood on the classroom floor. And fourteen-year-old Lisa O'Neill and her best friend Nicola fleeing from parents and police.
Lisa thinks she's finally free from her crappy home life. But sometimes the worst things are those on the road ahead... the ones you have no clue about.
When running to is worse than running from. A blisteringly raw and critically acclaimed story of a teenage girl on the run from herself.
What readers are saying about Taste the Bright Lights:
"I was totally blown away by this book and read it almost in one sitting."
"Canning's writing is that rare thing in the world of books: original and totally honest."
"Exceptional. I was immediately captured by the powerful and witty writing."
"The most terrifying book I've ever read. It's scary because it bleeds truth. Incendiary reading. Exemplary writing. I read it in one sitting and couldn't move for an hour afterwards. In fact, I'm still having nightmares about it."
"Parents!!: READ THIS BOOK! This book screams for you to read it and have long talks with your kids.
Read this in one sitting. While it is very dark, there is still hope here.
Learn from it.
Teach your children from it."
And much more… check out the many five-star reviews.
Take the Nights Back - the Taste the Bright Lights sequel
"I loved every word of every sentence of every page!"
"This is a fantastic book, it kept me totally gripped, I read both books in a few days. I would highly recommend."
"The sequel was just as good as the first. I read both in a few days, really hard to put down."
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About the Author
Laura Canning is a writer and editor from Northern Ireland, now based in London. Her first novel Taste the Bright Lights was published to high critical acclaim and the sequel will be out in summer 2019.
Laura is a journalist with hundreds of pieces and millions of words published in newspapers and magazines and online. She is a member of the NUJ and also works as a fiction editor, proofreader, online content consultant, and content manager for a multi award-winning travel startup.