Sarah Marie Graye


Sarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1975, to English Catholic parents. <br /> <br /> One of five daughters, to the outside world Sarah Marie’s childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing... until aged nine, when she was diagnosed with depression.<br /> <br /> It’s a diagnosis that has stayed with Graye over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision, including the one to write a novel. <br /> <br /> Graye wrote The Second Cup as part of an MA Creative Writing practice as research degree at London South Bank University – where she was the vice-chancellor’s scholarship holder.<br /> <br /> Graye said: "There are many talented writers out there who don't have any writing qualifications - that's not what my MA was about. I needed a safe space to explore my mental health knowing I wouldn't disappear down a rabbit hole without support."<br /> <br /> First published in July 2017, The Second Cup was longlisted for the Book Viral 2017 Millennium Book Award and was included in Read Freely’s Top 50 Indie Books 2017.<br /> <br /> A new edition of The Second Cup was published in February 2018 based on reader feedback. The novel is written in the voices of four different characters - and the new edition has chapter subheadings to help guide the reader through their stories.

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