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Episode 6

Zippy experiences a non-Mormon party and Al is in trouble for taking cash from his mother's bedroom. Read by Emma Fielding.

This is the story of what happens when Issy Bradley dies.

It is the story of Ian - husband, father, maths teacher and Mormon bishop - and his unshakeable belief that everything will turn out all right if he can only endure to the end, like the pioneers did. It is the story of his wife Claire's lonely wait for a sign from God and her desperate need for life to pause while she comes to terms with what's happened.

It is the story of the agony and hope of Zippy Bradley's first love, the story of Alma Bradley's cynicism and reluctant bravery, and it is the story of seven-year-old Jacob. But mostly it's the story of a family trying to work out how to carry on when their world has fallen apart.

Incredibly moving, unexpectedly funny and sharply observed, A Song for Issy Bradley, explores the outer reaches of doubt and faith. Author Carys Bray was brought up in a devout Mormon family. In her early thirties she left the church and replaced religion with writing. She was awarded the Scott prize for her debut short story collection Sweet Home. A Song for Issy Bradley is her first novel.

Written by Carys Bray
Abridged by Libby Spurrier

Read by Emma Fielding

Producer: Joanna Green
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

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Reader Emma Fielding
Producer Joanna Green
Abridger Libby Spurrier
Author Carys Bray

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