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Cecelia Ahern
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Book Description

4 Jun 2004

Meaningful, moving and magical - the classic bestselling love story

Everyone needs a guardian angel…

Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry.

Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other's sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other.

Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry's death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He's left her a bundle of notes, one for each of the months after his death, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed 'PS, I Love You'.

As the notes are gradually opened, and as the year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows her better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing – and being braver than ever before.

Life is for living, she realises – but it always helps if there's an angel watching over you.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007165005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007165001
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,699 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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Cecelia Ahern's debut novel, PS, I Love You, follows the engaging, witty and occasionally sappy reawakening of Holly, a young Irish widow who must put her life back together after she loses her husband Gerry to a brain tumour. Ahern, the twentysomething daughter of Ireland's Prime Minister, has discovered a clever and original twist to the Moving On After Death concept made famous by novelists and screenwriters alike--Gerry has left Holly a series of letters designed to help her face the year ahead and carry on with her life. As the novel takes readers through the seasons (and through Gerry's monthly directives), we watch as Holly finds a new job, takes a holiday to Spain with her girlfriends, and sorts through her beloved husband's belongings. Accompanying Holly throughout the healing process is a cast of friends and family members who add as much to the novel's success as Holly's own tale of survival. In fact, it is these supporting characters' mini-dramas that make PS, I Love You more than just another superficial tearjerker with the obligatory episode at a karaoke bar. Ahern shows real talent for capturing the essence of an interaction between friends and foes alike; even if Holly's circle of friends does resemble the gang from Bridget Jones a bit too neatly to ignore (her best friend is even called Sharon).

While her style can be at times repetitive and her delivery is occasionally amateurish, Ahern deserves credit for a spirited first effort. If PS, I Love You is any indication of this author's talent, readers have much to look forward to as Ahern matures as a novelist and a storyteller. --Gisele Toueg, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


‘A sensational debut novel that proves true love never dies.’ Cosmopolitan

‘A wonderfully life-affirming, witty debut.’ Company

‘Like an Irish Sleepless in Seattle and almost certainly the chick-lit bestseller of the year.’ In Style

‘A fun, fresh read.’ Marie Claire

‘A wonderfully warm and witty debut from a terrific new writer…This exceptional novel about bereavement, friendship and lost love is both heartbreaking and uplifting.’ Express

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a tear-jerker 28 Dec 2004
By m
I am a complete bookworm. I read every bit of literacy set in front of me, and believe me, I never cry.
Whoops, don't believe me. I started reading PS I love you, on Christmas Day. I started to cry on Christmas Day, from the very first chapter!!! I then continued to cry throughout it is just so sad, but don't think its dreary, I was laughing through it too on too many frequent occasions.
The ending. Let's just say, I had it all planned in my head. It didn't happen as I thought.
My only comment is that on occasions the writing becomes a bit long-winded with scenes I didn't really find apporpriate. They became a bit passive, making me have to read the passage a second time to understand what had been said, but this does not take away from the story!
This is a lovely book from a talented author. I can't wait to read her other published book
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Teeth-grinding experience 18 Jan 2008
I read this book over a year ago, and have for the most part - blissfully - forgotten about it, until the film came out and stars one of my favourite actors, Gerard Butler. It brought back every emotion I had. This book is the only one I've read during which I've found myself grinding my teeth and had a perverse sense of joy when I recycled it. I should have put it down sooner, but I don't like giving up on books.

The concept is fine and some parts are good, but for the most part, it was so badly written and edited that I couldn't help but be frustrated.

Bearing in mind some details are fussy, my frustrations:

1. The main character is the only one capable of being funny - or so it's written. When she makes a remark, everybody laughs and spends hours (!) laughing at her joke/comment. In places, I had to re-read chapters in order to find out what was so funny. I never did.

2. Every new male character who is tall, dark and handsome falls madly in love with the lead character. Every new male character who is ordinary and 'ugly' is a creep. Furthermore, practically all the new female characters are horrendous creatures, who are nasty to the main character (of course!).

3. You're meant to believe that the main character - who's barely finished college, has never had a good full-time job, and has been unemployed for months since her husband's illness/death - can suddenly sit down and write a list of potential jobs she wants (out of about 15, only 1 is realistic and that's something like a marketing executive!!!). Of course, she applies and despite the complete lack of experience or qualifications, she gets an interview within a week, the job within a similar time frame, and ends up being the best employee the firm's ever had.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars P.s I Love You 1 Oct 2004
By Louise
I am not much of a reader, but getting a voucher for my 18th, i thought I would change my habits.I saw this book and read the blurb which does not do it any justice at all.
From the minute I opened the book I found it very hard to tear myself away from it. finding that at every spare moment I had I would pick it up.
The story is based on Holly and her husband Gerry who passes away with a brain tumour. Holly, as many of us have found it hard losing others and this is no different. She stuggles to come to terms with what has happened to her.
She recieves a call from her mother saying there is a note for her. It turns out her husband has left her notes that last 10 months. Each month a new one is opened with something different to help guide her to progress with her life 'without' him. This novel is very heart felt and touched my heart on a number of occasions. Throughout the book I had to fight back the tears.
This is a must read! I'm just looking forward to many more of Aherns books to come.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 21 Sep 2004
This was an amazing book! I was hooked from the minute I picked it up. The mix of sad and happy emotions had me in tears on the tube - getting some very funny looks! I haven't read a book like it for many years and I'm a real book's a must for any book worm like myself!
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars PS: This book is terrible 22 July 2004
By A Customer
I am ashamed to say that I bought this book because of the Richard & Judy recommendation; I knew it would be "lite" but thought that given the book's backing there must be more to it than your usual chick lit formulaic fluff. I knew within two pages that I was wrong; it is much worse than the average chick lit novel. The writing is so appallingly bad that I had to stop myself from flinging the book across the room and was surprised to read that the author had gone to journalism school (and there I was thinking she was a soppy thirteen-year-old). The characters are one-dimensional and boring and I quickly became tired of the author's continual and patronising reiteration that the characters are hilarious and mad. They most definitely are not. OK, maybe I would find them funny and cool if I was a middle-class teenage virgin who lived in a small village surrounded by pensioners and cows, but I'm not. And as any writer who has learnt the basics of writing knows, you don't keep telling the readers that your characters are this or that, you SHOW the reader your character's attributes. I feel that in this way, and indeed in many others, the author was badly let down by her editor if not her own lack of talent. The premise was interesting, and the book could have explored themes of grief and hope and carrying on in a mature and interesting way, but unfortunately the author just isn't good enough for that. It is rare that a book makes me angry, but this did as I felt it had only managed to get published in the knowledge that many readers want drivel, and demand neither intelligent observations, unusual scenarios and flowing prose from their reading material.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
THE BOOK IS A LOT BETTER THAN THE FILM (as per) the saw the film advertised and was not interested! read the blurb not know it was the same story and well... Read to whole book... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Blueberry Berry
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Enjoyed the film but sadly not the book, it didn't capture me within the first couple of chapters and so I didn't even finish it.
Published 3 hours ago by Susana De Freitas
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
was much better than the film, had a lot more things going on
an amazing book, would defiantly recommend it
Published 4 days ago by Saffy McLeish
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The best book I have ever read. And I mean that!!!
It is both sad and funny but all in all it was an Amazing read
Published 9 days ago by Dani
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and breathtaking
P.S. I Love You was a book and then a film, but in this case I RECOMMEND THE BOOK! The book is breathtakingly beautiful. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Megan ReadingInTheSunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this story
I just love this story, and ok love th rd film, even so th h the big differences between the two
Published 18 days ago by ashleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I chose this rating because it was a truly brilliant book. I'm not a very emotional person but this book had me too tears throughout the book.
Published 20 days ago by cheryl middleton
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the film
nor as good as Cecelia Aherns later novels
story line less varied than the film
characters not so likeable than in her subsequent novels
Published 29 days ago by Fraser A. J. Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars PS, I Love You
a good story and it deserves a 5 star wife has since read others from this author and was not disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by VICTOR
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!!
I love this book, such a great story, can read this over & over. Would def recommend! Good price too!!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Dawn Moore
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