Daniel Clay is the author of the novel Broken, which was published by Curtis Brown and nominated for The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and The Commonwealth Writers’ Best Debut Novel Award. Broken was adapted into a movie starring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy and premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

The book is a coming of age story that revolves around a neighbourhood in the British suburbs. Eleven year old Skunk lives with her father Archie, older brother Jed and au pair Kasia. Next door live the Oswald’s: a father and his many daughters. Skunk witnesses a horrible beating that Mr. Oswald gives to a neighbouring boy and this sets off a chain of events that change their lives forever. The themes and stories in the book create an authentic portrait of friendship, families, mental illness and addiction.

This is a special episode of the podcast for Paul. From the moment he started reading Broken a few years ago, he was hooked and it turned into one of his favourite books. Very seldom does a great book make a great movie, but the film adaptation of Broken successfully captures the essence of the novel. The tone was expertly displayed and all the actors turned out remarkable performances. Daniel runs a website where he helps writers with their submissions to publishing companies and agents. Before the podcast existed, Paul contacted Daniel to ask for some advice about publishing and his thoughts on Paul’s work were very appreciated and encouraging. It was quite a thrilling opportunity to extend an invitation to Daniel to appear on the podcast.

Find Daniel on Twitter @danielclaywrite.

Visit Daniel’s website: danielclaywriter.co.uk.