The Happiest Days

Brilliant stories about the emotional realms of childhood

Even happy days come to an end. In this remarkable collection, Cressida explores the lives of children and young people who, in the wake of events that alter everything, find themselves changed forever. A conversation on a trip to the zoo heralds the end of a family; a boy watches his father fold Aunt Rose into his arms and loses his vocation; a young girl grows jealous of the attention paid to her dying sister.

Each of these perfectly crafted stories examines familiar emotions - love, loss, jealousy, loneliness - with a fresh eye. The Happiest Days is an exciting, original, startling debut.




"Read it, and arrange for someone to scrape you off the floor".
Time Out

Marie Claire
"Poignant reminders of adolescent traumas, these stories are unmissable"
Marie Claire

"Cressida Connolly has an exact, quizzical eye, a generous imagination, and the power to draw her readers into the strangeness of being a stolen child, a lion-tamer, or a woman waiting to be tattooed"
Helen Dunmore

"She fillets the emotions of her characters to extract sinuous uncertainties and bony truths. Excellent"
Will Self


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