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One Hundred Names [Hardcover]

Cecelia Ahern
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Book Description

11 Oct 2012

The uplifting and thoughtful novel from the uniquely talented author.
Everyone has a story to tell…

Journalist Kitty Logan’s career has been destroyed by scandal, and she now faces losing the woman who guided her and taught her everything she knew. At her mentor’s bedside, Kitty asks her – what is the one story she always wanted to write?

The answer lies in a file buried in Constance’s office: a list of one hundred names. There is no synopsis, no explanation, nothing else to explain what the story is or who these people are. The list is simply a mystery.

But before Kitty can talk to her friend, it is too late.

With everything to prove, Kitty is assigned the most important task of her life – to write the story her mentor never had the opportunity to. Kitty has to not only track down and meet the people on the list, but find out what connects them. And, in the process of hearing ordinary people’s stories, she uncovers Constance’s – and starts to understand her own…


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007350465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007350469
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media studies. Her first novel, PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004 and a number one bestseller. Her successive bestselling novels are Where Rainbows End, If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here, Thanks for the Memories, The Gift and The Book of Tomorrow. PS, I Love You became an International box office success, starring Hilary Swank, was a box office hit. Cecelia has also co-created the hit American television comedy series Samantha Who? In 2008 Cecelia won the award for Best New Writer at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Cecelia lives in County Dublin.

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‘An exquisitely crafted and poignant tale about finding the beauty that lies within the ordinary. Make space for it in your life.’ Heat

‘A captivating, heartwarming read. 4*’ Closer

‘Funny and touching - the perfect warm hug for an autumnal afternoon’ Woman

‘Completely gripping’ Essentials

Praise for Cecelia Ahern:

‘Insightful and true’ Irish Times

‘Exceptional … both heartbreaking and uplifting’ Daily Express

‘A heavenly gift that speaks to the heart’ Irish Independent

‘A wonderfully enchanting, tender and beautifully penned tale’ Candis Magazine

‘Warm and thought-provoking’ Good Housekeeping

‘Funny and tender’. Sainsbury’s Magazine

About the Author

Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism. In addition to her bestselling novels, all of which have reached number 1. Cecelia co-created the ABC series Samantha Who?, Hallmark’s Three Wise Women, and adapted her novella, Mrs Whippy, for the stage. Cecelia lives in Dublin with her family.

Her books are published in over forty countries and have sold over 15 million copies.


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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone has a story to tell 26 Aug 2012
By Denise4891 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Cecelia Ahern's books - enjoyed PS I Love You and Thanks for the Memories, not so keen on The Gift or The Book of Tomorrow. Sometimes it seems like she has a great idea for a book, but doesn't quite manage to follow through with a believable or engaging story.

So, the premise for this one is that journalist Kitty is given a list of names by her dying mentor Constance, with no indication of who these people are or why Constance was so interested in them. This happens at a time when Kitty is at her lowest ebb and is in the midst of a crisis of conscience and confidence, having been successfully sued by a PE teacher she falsely accused of abusing two of his pupils. She feels she owes it to Constance to redeem her career and self-respect by proving that she can be an honest and principled journalist.

As she starts to work her way through the list of names, Kitty encounters a group of seemingly non-descript people who on the surface appear to have nothing in common, and she struggles to see why Constance should have pointed her in their direction. However as their stories develop it becomes clear to Kitty that, with most people, it's what goes on beneath the surface that counts.

This one definitely fell into the `hit' category for me. It's a light, funny and heartwarming read (albeit verging on the sentimental at times) but there's also a bit of an edge to it. My one criticism would be that things are tied up a little too neatly and predictably at the end, but overall this didn't spoil my enjoyment of this charming and very likeable book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Cecelia Ahern book ever.... 13 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm sorry to say this but this was one of the most dull books that I have read in ages. I love Cecelia Ahern's books and normally can't put them down but this was one terrible...it was a non-story!! This should be in the free books....definitely not worth the 4.99 I paid for it
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars diapointed 16 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I usually love Cecilia aherns books but this one is so disappointing. its the type of book where you want something to happen and it never really does.The best thing about this book is the cover design.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One hundred first names 9 Nov 2012
By Tracey
Format:Kindle Edition
Didn't think this was up to Cecila Aherns usual standard, rather disappointing read. Nothing quirky or unusal about this book, normally I wonder how her imagination works as her books are unusual but this one misses the mark.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, but turned out very boring 19 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was intrigued by the idea behind this book and looked forward to an exciting read. I was disappointed. The characters failed to spark my interest, including Kitty, the main character who I found to be actually quite unlikeable. The characters remained flat and uninteresting throughout, as did the "story". There were some sparks and highlights, such as the quirky and heart-warming story about Mary-Rose. Regrettably, the other interesting character died right at the start of the book. I found myself skimming faster and faster just to finish the book, getting little enjoyment. The book just wasn't real and engaging, the characters weren't believable.

The ending was ok, even though the reader would have hoped for something more after 300+ boring pages - something to make the time spent seem less wasted.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone has a story to tell... 23 Aug 2012
By K. Wright VINE VOICE
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After enjoying `PS I Love You,' and `Where Rainbows End,' I was intrigued by the premise of `One Hundred Names,' and hoped it would be a return to form for Cecelia Ahern as I have been disappointed by her more recent offerings. After a slow start, the story began to gather momentum after protagonist Kitty had finally received the list of names and begun to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Whilst all of the characters have distinguishing features and stories to tell, Kitty only actually interacted closely with six of the 100 names, which is a little disappointing considering the book is based on this intriguing idea. In a nutshell, Ahern's latest novel is about a down-on-her-luck journalist who is trying to write her late editors story from a list of names and although I still prefer her first two books, it is the most heartfelt story from her in a long time.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Hundred Names... didn't quite add up for me. 24 Aug 2012
By Sukie VINE VOICE
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I started this book with high hopes. Although I had never previously read a novel by Cecelia Ahern, I know she has many fans, and that all her previous books have been massive bestsellers. Sure enough, I quickly found myself drawn in to this story and firmly on the side of Kitty Logan, a journalist whose name is mud, thanks to her falsely accusing an innocent man on TV.

Thankfully, she still has one ally - Constance Dubois, her former boss and mentor, who is now sadly in hospital, ravaged with cancer. Constance tells Kitty that there was one news story she wished she had had time to write, and asks Kitty to track down the file. Inside the file is a list of one hundred names - none of which are familiar to Kitty. Maybe following up Constance's story will lead Kitty to redemption...

I think this is a great idea for a book and initially I enjoyed Kitty's attempts to make sense of the puzzle of names. However, I found that by introducing so many characters to the plot meant that it became very fragmented. I felt that the author handled each character's story in a rather clunky way too - no sooner had they met Kitty than they would launch into great long speeches about themselves. Not very realistic! I also found the end few chapters very cheesy and twee, and the writing seemed rushed as the author approached the finale. Sorry - this section of the book really didn't convince me.

Overall, I'm glad I read it. Ahern has a lovely writing style, she is funny and observant, but I felt she tried to pack too much into this one story, and I was left feeling disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great story, great author
Love cecilia ahern and if you do too, you'll love this. Not going to say much more than that because wouldn't want to give the story away but you immediately want to find out... Read more
Published 10 days ago by maddie_claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read - could not put in down.
This was just a great read, I have never as yet read a bad book by Cecelia. Would recommend it.
Published 10 days ago by Loz
3.0 out of 5 stars The idea behind the names is a good one but I did find it rather...
Having only previously read two of Cecelia Ahern's novels I cannot say that I am a particular fan of hers as she has written I believe fifteen at least. Read more
Published 15 days ago by LindyLouMac
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 1st class read
Another simply beautiful story, super twists and turns. Very enjoyable read as usual from this author. Fantastic, uplifting and a little sad
Published 16 days ago by J. H. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars another great read
I have always loved Cecelia's books, very addictive. Great author and another inspiring story. Looking forward to reading the next one
Published 22 days ago by Laurac86
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
The subject matter was really different and certainly made you think.
There was an element of predictability as the story progressed, a nice gentle read and I would recommend.
Published 22 days ago by Vicki
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read
A great read but quite a few characters involved all at once so struggled to remember the less common ones. Read more
Published 25 days ago by nat-robson
4.0 out of 5 stars My name wasn't there!
LOL. not that I fully expected it to be, but I did search the cover many times, which was fun. The book was good, kept you guessing. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Roxanne Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars One Hundred Names
The book is very slow but a good read if you are just wanting to read something light for your holidays
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Glover
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I'm a big fan of Cecilia Ahern. I've read all of her books and One Hundred Names is the worst one. I found it really boring, with no actual story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JuleeH.
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