Carnegie Medal shortlisted YA authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan met in 2015 and began composing their new heartbreaking novel in WhatsApp messages to one another. That modern inventiveness infuses We Come Apart, a contemporary Romeo and Juliet story revolving around Nicu, a Romanian immigrant trying to fit in, and Jess, a popular girl with a surprising taste for shoplifting. Both are hiding dangerous secrets, and when their paths cross while doing community service, an unstoppable, extraordinary series of events is set in motion. Hear from two stars of young adult fiction making compelling stories from controversial yet utterly relatable subjects.
Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now lives in Hertfordshire. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University. She has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal three times, the YA Book Prize, the CBI Irish Children’s Book Awards and many other prizes. Since completing a masters in creative writing, she has been working to promote creative writing in schools. Brian Conaghan was raised in Coatbridge but now lives and works as a teacher in Dublin with his wife and daughter. He has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. His first book for Bloomsbury, When Mr Dog Bites, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.