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Housing Elephants by [Lloyd-Jones, Eleanor]
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Raised in a little village in North Wales, a fierce love of books and reading was instilled in Eleanor by her parents from a very early age, and she has vivid memories of reading secretly under the blankets with a torch for hours after lights out, often getting caught! She was blown away by The Borribles Trilogy - Michael De Larrabeiti at nine years old, and it was then that she fell head over heels with idea of imaginary worlds. A persistent and professional daydreamer, something she still prides herself on being, she spent most of her early childhood inside her own head making up stories or scenarios, climbing trees, building dens or doing anything arts and crafty. Music also played a huge part of her young life. Growing up on The Beatles, U2 and Status Quo, her obsession with Top of the Pops and vinyl twelve inches grew into a love affair with music that has only grown and expanded over time: there is rarely a moment where music is not playing in her life, and in turn, rarely a time when she is not singing, even if it is in her head! She had always thought she would write a book some day - it has been an ambition for as long as she can remember - and has always been told that she ‘has a way with words’. Over the years, she’s dabbled in the odd piece of prose, helped friends to write letters and résumés and prides herself on her hilarious lyrical genius when composing poems for friends birthdays! Life, however, got in the way and her dream was stored on the back burner as she put herself through university and started a family. It was only when she was nearing the ‘forty’ milestone that she decided it was time she got some of the ramblings and chatterings in her head down on paper. A creative, guitar-playing mum of one boisterous, but pretty damn cool boy, she classes herself as a Yorkshire gal now after moving to Leeds when she was eleven. Eleanor works full time as a teacher, but grabs every spare minute she can to write; be it on the train, lunchtimes at school or foregoing sleep for an extra hour or two in the evenings. Her hope for the future is for people to fall in love with her characters as much as she does. Not a big ask really!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Eleanor Lloyd-Jones (20 Nov. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Housing Elephants is a stunning debut novel from Eleanor Lloyd Jones.

Billy and Eve are two lost souls you just can't help falling in love with right from the start of the book. You find yourself rooting for them right from the off, hoping that they can take the connection that's so obvious between them and allow it to somehow heal their brokenness.

Billy's life is an unbelievably difficult one. His family has been torn apart by one of the cruelest diseases there is and he's left shouldering the weight of both his and his father's grief. He deals with far too many burdens for somebody his age, sacrificing his own dreams somewhere along the way. At times I just wanted to pluck him from the story and give his battered and bruised soul a hug and tell him everything would be alright in the end.

Eve lives an isolated life, cutting herself off from the rest of the world for reasons that, at the start of the story, she doesn't quite understand yet. She's spent her entire life (or what she can remember of it) up to this point running away from anybody who tries to get close to her. She has walls erected around her that seem impenetrable and she likes it that way. She doesn't realise just how lonely the road she's walking is until Billy hammers relentlessly on those walls, unwilling to give up on the beautiful soul he sees beneath her fear and isolation.

When these two come together, it makes for a gripping and beautiful read that kept me turning the pages well into the night. The characters are real, flawed and relatable and the very real, very difficult issues are dealt with in a sensitive but extremely emotional way. I'm not ashamed to say that I cried in several places.
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I was honoured to be asked to read this in the very early stages of its editing, and boy, was I glad that I said yes. There are some characters that are created which simply embed themselves into your very core, and Billy and Eve were definitely those kinds of characters for me.

Eleanor Lloyd-Jones has smashed it with her debut novel. This is a story about the kind of love that only happens once in a lifetime and Billy's and Eve's attraction leaps off the pages. There are some heart racing, heartbreaking moments, and there are times when you just have to take a look away, suck in a breath and prepare yourself for what's ahead, but never... not once will you want to put this book down and pull yourself out of their world. I love the fact that it is set in York, too. It just made the whole story all the more real, relatable and beautiful to me.

The characters each had their own struggles, and the issues that surround us all in everyday life weren't hidden or glorified. They were laid out bare for all to see, and for every reader to engage with. Eve, is broken, so broken she thinks there's no hope of her ever being repaired, but Billy (not exactly living the dream life himself) simply refuses, no matter how hard she tries to push him away, to give up on her. Those are the book boyfriends we all love and want to cherish. The ones that make every girl who has ever suffered any kind of heartbreak, believe that there's a Billy out there watching over them, too.

I could go on and on about this real-life romance, but I think it's one of those novels that you should go into as blind as possible. So just take my word for it. Buy the book! Well done to ELJ on this brilliant debut. I wish you all the luck in the world in your publishing life. You've just shown with Housing Elephants how much you deserve to be right in the thick of it.
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I really enjoyed this. I'm not an easy reader to please. I get bored very easily and usually if the author hasn't grabbed me by chapter 3 then the book gets put down forever .. actually that's a fib, generally it's by Chapter 1. This book didn't get put down. It got read until the last page. I didn't even skip any pages or speed read although I have to admit to an attempt at cheating when I contacted Eleanor to find out what was going to happen to one of the characters. She didn't tell me. :-/
It's well written. It moves at a pace that keeps you engaged. It's descriptive without being wordy( another of my pet hates), its an emotional love story without being stereo typical. Definately recommended and I'll be looking out for future books.
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I have been seeing great reviews for this book, I finally dived in and wow!
This is about your average man and woman. There's nothing special about them, no trust funds, no millionaires, no awesome high flying jobs etc just your average 20 year olds trying to figure their s&^^ out. I mean Billy lent a tenner of his mate to take Eve for a coffee! If that isnt keeping it real I dont know what is!
This is Jones debut and I was blown away, the writing, the depth and the feels were insane. Watching Eve face her anxieties with Billy by her side showed what love can do to someone. You can achieve anything with the right people next to you. But that ending was evil! It's not a crazy cliffhanger that makes you scream but one that makes you sit back and think wow, wonder what they are gonna get upto while they are away.
Cant wait for book 2 to see how they will get through the latest obstacle
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