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A Year of Marvellous Ways: The Richard and Judy Bestseller by [Winman, Sarah]
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Fanciful imagery and beautiful prose that ebbs and flows (Independent)

Winman excels in her sweeping prose and her unwavering theme of love in all its forms (Stylist)

Beautifully written (Sun on Sunday, Fabulous Magazine)

One to read slowly so you can savour every beautiful sentence (Good Housekeeping (Book of the Month))

A lavish and clever read which will stand the test of time (Irish Examiner)

Moving... offbeat and memorable (Woman & Home)

A Year of Marvellous Ways is like Dylan Thomas given a sexy rewrite by Angela Carter (Patrick Gale, author of A PLACE CALLED WINTER)

A glorious poem of a novel - a story to read slowly and to marvel at the beauty of it (Rosamund Lupton, author of SISTER)

Yet again Sarah Winman has written a beautiful, beautiful novel. A Year of Marvellous Ways will hypnotise, seduce, until you can do nothing but pick it up and read it again (Tiffany Murray, author of DIAMOND STAR HALO and SUGAR HALL)

A gripping waiting game ... The novel's surprising denouement is also well worth the wait (Observer)

In this warm, kindly novel, the sea is both magical and healing. Lovely (The Times)

The book demonstrates vividly how we need family around us, whether homegrown or grafted, to live our fullest lives... By the end of this novel, we too belong in the world of Marvellous Ways (Sunday Express, S Magazine)

The sense of magic infused through the novel casts a spell over the reader that makes you not want to put the book down until you've turned the final page (Hannah Beckerman, author of THE DEAD WIFE’S HANDBOOK)

A book to savour, to read in wonderful, rich little bits like dark chocolate. Winman's prose is poetry, with a rhythm, a heartbeat, that carries you through like music (Emma Hooper, author of ETTA AND OTTO AND RUSSELL AND JAMES)

A truly enchanting book (Irish Times)

A breathtaking reading experience... a beautiful book that is unafraid to reveal the ugliness of the world (Toronto Star)

She is particularly good at bringing the sensations of landscape to bear - its smell, sound and look - and in Marvellous has created a character of warmth and eccentricity (Metro)

The stories are touching and the twist of magical realism lends them a joyful, fairytale element (Daily Record)

What struck me was Winman's gorgeous imagery, beautiful passages and imaginative storytelling. Quirky and slightly hairbrained, A Year of Marvellous Ways is an unforgettable book (Mitford Society Summer Reads)

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A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS is the much anticipated and utterly beguiling new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1810 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tinder Press; Reissue edition (18 Jun. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SRXR3XE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 269 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Eighty-nine year old Marvellous lives in a caravan by a Cornish creek, where she swims every day and has done for most of her life. Francis Drake is a young soldier returning from France after WW2, bearing a letter he promised a dying soldier he would deliver to his father in Cornwall. That is how his path crosses with Marvellous. Broken by all the brutality and despair he has witnessed, Drake has all but given up on life; yet as he hears Marvellous' wonderful stories of her own long life and those of others who have touched it, and as he awakens to the beauty of nature around him and begins to learn its rhythms, Drake sets out on a remarkable journey of healing. And as Marvellous brings Drake back to life, so too can she begin to let go of her own; a beautiful friendship blossoming between the two, spanning across the generations.

This is a rare book, and I can honestly say that I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it. Its almost poetic in its style, with its lyrical prose and whimsical imagery; and Winman does not follow standard grammatical rules either. In fact it does take a little while to settle into the rhythms of the book, and for the first few chapters I wasn't quite convinced this was going to be my cup of tea. However, then the narrative switches to Drake returning to London after the war, in a section of the book that actually reads like any ordinary historical novel, and I couldn't help but become invested in his character. Winman captures the grimy atmosphere of post-war London well, and the character of Missy is tragically compelling; though be warned that this part of the book is actually very bleak, yet it makes what comes after all the more bright and beautiful.
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I don't know what it is about this book but to me it was just utterly beautiful. At first I didn't think I could get to grips with the writing style, which is definitely not the norm, and in a way I can understand how some readers couldn't reconcile this...but then nothing about this book is the norm...perhaps that's why I absolutely adored it.
I cried buckets and the weird thing is that this was at the tiniest thing in the book....I also laughed. It was so poignant and so wonderfully written, that I felt a quite spooky connection to it...I know that sounds weird and I apologise for not being able to articulate it very well...but if you want what I think is perfect articulation, look no further and read this book...to say I was moved is an understatement.
I have the hard copy, (pre kindle), of "When God was A Rabbit" and remembered and loved this book, which is why I gave this one a go when I saw it. I definitely wasn't disappointed.
This writer is a genius in my humble opinion.
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This is a 'nice' book if not a little confusing at times. It dashes between times and none of the conversations are marked with quotation marks so it is quite hard to follow if you're not concentrating fully. It's an easy read.
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Brilliant. I read it again and again and got more out of it each time.
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I took this book out at my library and decided I had to have a copy to re-read and lend to my grand daughter - it is a beautiful read.
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Once I got over the frustration of the lack of punctuation marks to indicate speech, I quite enjoyed this story of a simple life of an old woman, reflective thoughts, memories and feelings, some fantasy, interwoven with real people who entered her life in the last year.
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Interesting read
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Very interesting and enjoyable book. Love her writing. There's always a bit of the mystic in her characters.
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