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Praise for Roger Hyams' The Lightman System

Praise for Roger Hyams’ The Lightman System

Wrecking Ball Press published the debut novel from Roger Hyams – The Lightman System – on June 27, 2022.

The book has already received praise from Stephen Fry, playwright and actor Amelia Bullmore and the executive producer of hit TV drama Sherwood, Tessa Ross.

“A superb novel – beautifully, beautifully written and with such heart-breaking truth and insight. Time is both cruel and kind, chance is more cruel than kind, and trying to defeat both is hard. This novel is a supreme example of how fiction can tell this story.” – Stephen Fry

“What might it be like to lose your equilibrium and what might it be like to be close to someone who does? The Lightman System has two very different protagonists. Roger Hyams’s magic trick is that we understand them both, what shapes them and what stands between them, even while they can’t. The story uncovers the subtle workings of a family dynamic (the things withheld, the things inferred, the psychological and emotional coding) and even when events take a terrifying turn, the distinctive blend of restraint, vividness, humour and compassion make this a compellingly enjoyable read. I was moved to tears by the ending. The Lightman System is a deeply involving, wise, wonderfully-written book and Ellie and Col are unforgettable co-heroes.” – Amelia Bullmore

“I’ve just finished this wonderful novel and am totally floored by it. A devastating, very moving piece of work that rings true in every way. It won’t leave me quickly.” – Tessa Ross.

Roger Hyams will be in conversation with psychotherapist Albyn Leah Hall at The Owl Bookshop, Kentish Town Road, London, on July 27th at 6.30pm. Tickets, priced at £5, are available to order in store or over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or purchased online at

The Lightman System can be purchased direct from Wrecking Ball Press at