The Marble Collector

by Cecelia Ahern

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Marble Collector

Absolutely delightful! Cecelia Ahern always writes with stirring compassion and a delicious secretive quirk, so I was really looking forward to starting this, her twelfth novel. ‘The Marble Collector’ lived up to my expectations as a really touching, quite, quite beautiful read. Not exactly a slow burner, as the writing is so eloquent, however the more you read, the more you understand, and the more you are enveloped by and become absorbed in the story. The chapters are either from daughter Sabrina’s perspective (over one day), headed ‘Pool Rules’ or from her father Fergus’s entire lifetime of ‘Playing with Marbles’. Focusing on secrets and how well we know and understand ourselves and our loved ones, this engaging novel thoroughly provokes thoughts and feelings. As I closed the last page, and had a little ponder, I found myself giving ‘The Marble Collector’ a warm and loving hug.

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The Marble Collector Synopsis

A forgotten childhood. A discovered life. What if you only had one day to find out who you really were? When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father's possessions, she discovers a truth where she never knew there was a lie. The familiar man she grew up with is suddenly a stranger to her. An unexpected break in her monotonous daily routine leaves her just one day to unlock the secrets of the man she thought she knew. A day that unearths memories, stories and people she never knew existed. A day that changes her and those around her forever. The Marble Collector is a thought-provoking novel about how the most ordinary decisions we make can have the most extraordinary consequences for how we live our lives. And how sometimes it's only by shining on a light on someone else, that you can truly understand yourself.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780007501847
Publication date: 5th May 2016
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
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Primary Genre Family Drama
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The Marble Collector Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Fiona Rothery - 'I loved this well observed portrayal of the characters sensitivities and was moved by the emotions it uncovers and the magical significance of the marbles.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'This is Ahern at her reliable best as she introduces yet another witty and thought-provoking relationship piece of writing.'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'a novel about identity and about the importance of memories and about how we don't always know the very people we share a home and life with.'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'A beautifully engaging story unfolds, this is one to reread and recommend.'
  • Sarah Musk - 'This is a book about a secret life, a man's lifelong obsession with marbles and a daughter's discovery about who her father really is.'
  • Reba Khatun - 'Another brilliant touching and emotional read by the talented Cecelia Ahern.'
  • Joan Hill - 'This heartwarming story is ‘who-done-it’ mystery story about hidden secrets and is also an involving family saga about love, identity and acceptance.'
  • Ann Peet - 'Poignant story about memories - and losing them - and uncovering family secrets.'
  • Neil Williams - 'Fergus's life story revolves around his passion for marbles. Sabrina his daughter knows nothing about it until a package arrives for him at his care home. A beautifully told story.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'Another unusual novel for the fans of Cecelia Ahern.'
  • Julie Bertschin - 'Wonderfully charming, this book draws you into the life of Sabrina as she discovers the hidden past of her father, exploring how little we really know those close to us until it is almost too late.'
  • Neil Beattie - 'A truly remarkable book, funny, emotional and damn interesting. Unputdownable from page 1 until the end. A real gripper. You must read this book, its well worth it.'
  • Carol Attridge - 'Who knew a book about marbles would keep you so engrossed?! But of course this is more than a book about marbles it's about people and their relationships which is always fascinating...'
  • Joy Bosworth - 'Interesting - marbles are a whole world of their own.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'I loved this book so much. Marbles were an inspired idea for a story and I really enjoyed the whole reading experience because of them.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I found the idea of the story very thought provoking about the objects we hold dear to us, each meaning something different to everyone and how they bring us comfort.'
  • Stephanie Blakey - 'This is one of the most interesting and unusual pieces of fiction I have read this year.'
  • Lesley Hart - 'I loved this book, definitely my favourite of all! A wonderful story of a daughter's mission to get to know her father through his passion for marbles.'
  • Dawn Lynch - 'This was one of my favourite reads last year...Who knew a story about Marbles would touch my heart?'

Cecelia Ahern Press Reviews

Praise for Cecelia Ahern:

'A wry, dark drama
Daily Mail

'Ahern cleverly and thoughtfully turns the tables, providing thought-provoking life lessons.'
Sunday Express

'An unusual and satisfying novel'
Woman

'Life-affirming, warm and wise'
Good Housekeeping

'Cecelia Ahern is an undisputed master when it comes to writing about relationships...Moving, real and exquisitely crafted.'
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ISBN: 9780007501847
Publication date: 05/05/2016
Format: Paperback

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About Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern was our Guest Editor in October 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media studies. PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debuts of recent years and a number 1 bestseller. Her other bestselling novels are Where Rainbows End, If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here, Thanks for the Memories, The Gift, The Book of Tomorrow and The Time of My Life. PS, I Love You ...

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