Bradington Bay

(3 customer reviews)


Published 8th June 2023


Bradington Bay – Alaric Mark Lewis

A hurricane is about to hit New York City and Edward has (probably) just been dumped by his boyfriend. He could use a break.

But with planes grounded and duties to attend to, he decides to drive across the country to his family estate. Accompanied by a photo of his Grams and Gramps and a heart heavy with loss, Edward embarks on a journey into the heart of America. Stopping at roadside bars, diners, and even the grave of the Kentucky Colonel, he will find that – thankfully – journeys home rarely go as planned.

Alaric Mark Lewis’s debut is an unforgettable epic. Bradington Bay is Homeric in scope, suffused with the adventurous energy of Jack Kerouac, and the intimacy of James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room.


Alaric Mark Lewis introduces Bradington Bay




Praise for Bradington Bay

‘I couldn’t put it down. It’s so beautifully written and incredibly sensitive. Such a powerful, important book, which I predict is going to be an instant hit.’
Jo Brittan, The Shelf

Powerful storytelling, unforgettable characters and a moving journey. A fantastic debut.’ 5 Star review in BookswithDanSamEnd

‘A wry, humane, expansive and searching debut exploring home, yearning and loss through a cast of unforgettable characters.’
James McDermott

‘Heart breaking and then heart mending. Bradington Bay is a story of family legacy and the minefield that is adolescence as a gay man in a largely homophobic world. This is the type of redemptive story needed today more than ever.’
Carlos Dews, author of Hush: A Fiction

‘The love-child of Cheever and Updike. Its godparents are Edmund White and Alice Hoffman.’
Stephen Dunn, author of The Light of the Body

‘Masterful. This book has it all. I enjoyed every word.’
Catherine Clapperton

‘With well developed characters and fast paced plot, Bradington Bay explores themes of sexuality, friendship and love, all within the expanse of a road trip.’
My Cal’s Chapter

‘Beautiful, sensual, sexy and sad. The first novel in a while to make me weep. Bradington Bay is a journey you need to make’ Kev McCready


About the Author

Alaric Mark Lewis has been a piano bar performer, bartender, waiter, film critic, teacher, wedding singer, pizza maker, Benedictine monk, and writer in the US, Italy, Spain, and the UK. Navigating a world of eccentric figures and fantastic storytellers, his path led him to become the priest of three city-centre Medieval churches in Norwich, where with his partner Maurizio and dachshund Linus he continues to surround himself both with great stories and eccentric figures. He has written four books on the spirituality of loss and illness.

Bradington Bay is his first novel.


Bradington Bay Details

Paperback ISBN: 9781912665167
Ebook ISBN: 9781912665174
Published by Story Machine
Publication Date: 08/06/2023
Extent: 264pp
Format: B Format with flaps and ebook
Jacket design: Natty Peterkin


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Additional information

Dimensions 12.9 × 19.8 × 2 cm

3 reviews for Bradington Bay

  1. Daryl Fraser

    Highly recommended! A book that takes you on a psychological as well as a physical journey. The main character encounters personal trials and tests, raising challenges from the past and in the present. The resolution is thought provoking.

  2. Annie Blyth

    A very human story and told in a heartfelt, abandoned manner. It is full of pathos and sadness and yet becomes hopeful – not ignoring the suffering but finding a way of discovering hope within it. A good read – I really looked forward to getting back to this book.

  3. Sally-Anne Lomas

    Very funny and vividly written. Made me cry but was also life-affirming. Edward Bradington 4th is a delightful traveling companion. A story about the courage it takes to revisit the past but how it’s never too late to redress and transform mistakes. I found it inspiring. A confident, original and moving debut.

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