Neil Cross’s gripping novel asks the reader a question: how far would you go to protect the child you love from those who seek to cause them harm?

What do you do when your son is bullied? Jamie is thirteen years old, an only child. His mother has recently died. He and his father, Sam, have moved to Sam's home town. A fresh start. An aunt to lend support. A new job for Sam, a new school for Jamie. But one day Jamie comes home, bearing the scars of every parent's nightmare. Something must be done... And so it begins.

The Man Booker Prize 2004
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Neil Cross’s nomination ironically marked the end of his career as a full-time novelist. He decided to adapt his longlisted novel, Always the Sun, for the screen and found a new career.
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