Readers' Notes for Brightness out of the Blue

  1. If, like Ella, you saw an old woman falling in the street, what would your response be?

  2. How does the author’s use of flashbacks help us to empathise with Ella?

  3. What impression do we get of Martha from her letters to her sister?

  4. If you were in Ella’s position, what conclusion about Martha would you come to whilst exploring her house?

  5. How significant is Corvus in aiding Martha with her magic?

  6. Was it right for Martha to intervene in Ella’s family life? Should she have left Mr Sharma to come to his own conclusion about Sonia?

  7. How did you feel about the ending? Was Ella’s relationship status at the end of the novel what you expected?