A Brighter Fear


Debut novelist Kerry Drewery skilfully and sensitively brings the devastating effect of the war on ordinary citizens vividly to life in this tragic, touching and romantic story set in Iraq.” – Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids

This is a moving and ultimately uplifting story which provides teenagers with an insight into the human tragedies behind the headlines. Recommended reading.” – Families South West

Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award 2013

“What do I want for my future?

Is it survival?

No. I don’t want to survive.

I want to live…”


A Brighter Fear is the story of Lina, a teenage girl living in Baghdad as war breaks out in 2003. It’s about her struggle to survive, her hopes for the future, her fight for her family, and her need to find out what happened to her mother – all while bombs rain down around her and her life is thrown into chaos.

It’s about love and friendship in the most difficult of times. It’s about growing up in the worst circumstances imaginable. And it’s about a necklace that was once lost, but might still be found.

A Brighter Fear was published by HarperCollins in the UK in 2012, and Callenbach in the Netherlands.