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When Shadows Fall, blog tour

Hello loves!

So today is finally my spot on the blog tour for When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari and as well as a review I will be talking about the exclusive blogger event that I was able to attend with Sita where she talked about her book and answered some of my questions.

Thank you so much to the publisher, Little Tiger Books and the wonderful Nina Douglas for my physical copy of this book and beautiful print that came with it in exchange for my honest review. If you want to have a look at it, then hop on over to my instagram (link below).


A heart-breaking and poignant novel from award-winning author Sita Brahmachari.

Kai, Orla and Zak grew up together, their days spent on the patch of wilderness in between their homes, a small green space in a sprawling grey city. Music, laughter and friendship bind them together and they have big plans for their future – until Kai’s family suffers a huge loss.

Trying to cope with his own grief, as well as watching it tear his family apart, Kai is drawn into a more dangerous crowd, until his dreams for the future are a distant memory. Excluded from school and retreating from his loved ones, it seems as though his path is set, his story foretold. Orla, Zak and classmate Om are determined to help him find his way back. But are they too late?


ESCAPE score: 54


This book was absolutely amazing and I adored every second of reading this book.

The characters, Kai, Orla and Om were so beautifully written and I loved them all so much and I think that they are now going to sit in my heart which their stories did rip out and put back together. They had so may layers to them and they were just such strong people and I had so much respect for them, especially because they all went through so much over the course of the story.

Speaking of, the plot of this book was absolutely phenomenal and I got completely lost in it and practically devoured it in just two sittings as I just wanted to know what was going to happen to Kai and by extensions Om and Orla for their lives are linked together forever by what they one through as children. This book took me through so many emotions and I truly felt like I was on the emotional rollercoaster with them all too and I was so glad that the end was hopeful because I don’t think that my heart could’ve taken a sad ending.

The writing was absolutely phenomenal and I loved the combination of different types of writing. The prose and verse fit together flawlessly and I had such an incredible time reading it and I have so much respect for Sita’s skill. And of course her words were bought to life perfectly by the beautiful illustrations in this book too.

If you want to buy the book, here are some links! The Blackwells link is affiliate

Blackwells / Waterstones / Amazon

The event

So the event began with a general discussion between Sita and her editor, which was wonderful to watch. They talked about the process of writing the book, working with the illustrator and the incredible characters at the heart of it all. I learned so much and it was just so inspiring to listen to such a seasoned author who has such a passion for her craft.

So the questions that I asked was all about some films related to the book and the characters in it, so let’s get into her replies.

  1. A watchlist based on the vibe of the book

Rocks, a 2029 coming of age film directed by Sarah Gavron.

Cassie Come Home, a 1996 BBC television play based on the book of the same name.

The TV show Skins.

Ring of Brightwater, a 1969 film.

2. A watchlsit based on the characters.

Orla: Sita said that she would be into human rights films as well as vintage films and the example that she gave was To Sir With Love.

Kai: the example Sita gave was a specific version of Wuthering Heights that was shot mostly from the heath as it was all connected to nature as Kai is.

Om: Sita said that she could imagine him and his aunt sitting and watching really romantic and cheesy Hindu films and having read the book I defiantly agree with this.

Author bio

I was born in Derby (UK) in 1966 to an Indian doctor from Kolkata and an English nurse from the Lake District. Me and my three siblings lived and went to school variously in Hull, the Lake District and Shropshire.

The Lake District countryside and folklore in particular had a profound impact on my imagination as did my dad’s storytelling and visits to and from my family in Kolkata.

After A Levels I lived in Paris for a year au-pairing for a family. There I had an opportunity to attend Le Cours Florent Drama College for a year. I studied English Literature at Bristol University and I have an MA in Arts Education from the Central School and Speech and Drama.

After university I began working in community theatre at The Royal Court Young People’s Theatre working with young people to develop their writing. I then went on to work with many theatre companies to develop education programmes for among others Talawa, Tamasha and the Royal Shakespeare Company with a focus on bringing underrepresented diverse voices to the fore. From childhood I was always searching for the nuanced, complex and often beautiful representations of families, cultures and histories that I had experienced growing up, but seldom found in literature or the arts.

In 2011 I wrote my debut novel Artichoke Hearts (Macmillan, 2011) and was thrilled and amazed when it won the Waterstones Children’s book prize and recognised by The Guardian as one of the top 50 diverse books since the 1950s as well as being shortlisted for a romance prize! .

In 2013 I co-created a theatre production inspired by Shaun Tan’s graphic novel The Arrival (Tamasha, 2013).

Over the last decade I have written many multi internationally award winning novels for children and young adults, contributed to animations, plays and short stories. I have been published by Macmillan Children’s Books, Barrington Stoke, Otter Barry Books, Hachette Children’s Books, Stripes and Little Tiger.

These stories have all emerged as a consequence of collabration with incredible editors, illustrators and publishing teams.

It’s a joy to meet readers in schools at festivals and live and online events and to create this patchwork of storytelling.

Work in communities and with young people has always been central to my research and storytelling. I’m proud to be a human rights ambassador for Amnesty International and that children’s, refugee and environmental rights have been at the forefront of my stories.

Working as writer in residence at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants since 2012 alongside Artist in Residence Jane Ray has inspired several of novels and novellas.

Articles and interviews, about this writing and work with refugee and disenfranchised communities have featured widely in the media.

My YA novel ‘When Shadows Fall’ illustrated by Natalie Sirett is published in hardback by Little Tiger in November 2021 and is selected as The Bookseller ‘Editor’s Choice’.

In September 2021 I took up a post as a Royal Literary Fellow based at The Courtauld.

I live in London with my husband and family and Billie our adored dog and when we can, we head to the Suffolk coast whatever the weather.


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