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Title: These Walls Were Never Really There

Author: Bryan Blears

Published: 1st of April 2022

Format: Digital (courtesy of TheWriteReads) – 286 pages

Hello Hello! How are you?

Today I am bringing you my spotlight for These Walls Were Never Really There by Bryan Blears, currently being featured on a #BlogTour organised by Dave and the team over at @The_WriteReads. This sounds like a really fascinating story filled with travelling and finding one’s self, and I’m looking forward to reading it as soon as my life becomes a bit less chaotic. For now, I will be spotlighting it so you can decide whether you want to read it too!

Thank you, as always, to Dave for letting me be part of this tour, it is always an honour. I also want to add that the blog tour banner that Noly made is absolutely amazing, she is so talented!!

Now, without further ado, here is my spotlight!


Based on the author’s own experiences of leaving home and travelling across Europe on less than a pound a day, These Walls Were Never Really There is a compelling true story described by publishing editors as ‘immersive and moving’ and ‘a potential prizewinner in the making’.

Initially set in the heart of Manchester’s homeless community, These Walls follows twenty-year-old Cameron, who is propelled on a physical and spiritual journey which will take him far from the life he once knew.

A surprising story about mental health, friendship and redemption, this compelling debut will take you on a journey across Europe and beyond, as Cameron and his travelling companion Jacob navigate perilous border crossings, packs of wolves, and the harsh realities of life on the road.

Set against the backdrop of the emerging Arab Spring, Cameron and Jacob will have their friendship pushed to its limits as they find themselves trapped thousands of miles away from home…


Bryan Blears is an author of contemporary literary fiction from Salford, Manchester. He has written for the Huffington Post, the New Statesman and the Philosophical Society of England, among others.

Focusing on social issues, mental health and overcoming personal adversity, his fiction has been compared to George Orwell, Sylvia Plath and Donna Tartt. His debut novel, These Walls Were Never Really There, has been described by critics as an ‘immersive and moving true story’ and ‘a fantastic talent, and a potential prizewinner in the making.’

Bryan’s Links: WebsiteTwitterGoodreads

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading this post, see you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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