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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007350465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007350469
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Denise4891 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Aug 2012
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tracey on 9 Nov 2012
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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 By Read Love Laugh on 19 Aug 2013
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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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Wright VINE VOICE on 23 Aug 2012
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mrs l martin on 13 Sep 2013
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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 10 people found the following review helpful By sara lou on 16 Nov 2012
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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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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sukie VINE VOICE on 24 Aug 2012
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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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