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We Are All Made of Stars

by Rowan Coleman

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LoveReading View on We Are All Made of Stars

Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope. Read the first letter, followed by the prologue and you think you know exactly what this is going to be, a book that makes you cry, however there is so, so much more to be experienced than heartache. The author allows us to see moments in time for four different people, it feels as though she has a deeply affectionate link to all four, all the more so when we see their inner confusion, agitation and pain. The fleeting links become important and create stories within stories. The individual letters, so expressive and eloquent, sad, sometimes funny, create a pause, yet at the same time unify the feel and the emotion of this story. There is an honesty and truth to this tale, it’s captivating and stimulating and thoroughly wonderful. ~ Liz Robinson


Rowan Coleman on the importance of writing letters...

'Writing and receiving handwritten letters has always given me a special thrill, since I was quite young. A teenager in the eighties and nineties, before any one had heard of emails or texts, I always wrote to old school friends to keep in touch, and they always wrote back. Letters would be long-winded, funny, fully illustrated, addressed to made-up names. Then gradually over the years that followed it stopped being necessary to put pen to paper, in almost any form. Now we can say - to a loved one, and old friend, even a celebrity - what ever we want to say, instantly and often, publicly. So I’ve been trying to think about the piece of post that has come through my letterbox that has meant the most to me, and there have been a few really important letters in my life. But I think if I am going to choose a series of letters, that have meant more to me than any, it’s the handwritten letters I received last summer from some of my best friends. I had started 2014 with a plan to write a letter, and post it every week, and it had been going really well. And then in the summer my youngest son was injured, in a deeply traumatic way, that although was not life threatening, shook my family very deeply. My letter writing stalled, and never really found its feet again, but over those difficult, deeply upsetting weeks of summer, I got three letters from dear friends. Friends who knew what our family was dealing with, who knew how hard it had hit me, who knew that I was finding it difficult to find my feet again. Those three letters, each one unique, were little pieces of the people who wrote them, coming through my letterbox to offer me a hand of friendship. And I took enormous comfort in them, because what I learnt, through writing letters myself, and during the writing of ‘WE ARE ALL MADE OF STARS’ is that a handwritten letter does something that an email, or a text, or a tweet can’t do. It captures a moment in time, a feeling, a thought and a sentiment and it preserves it, for as long as the letter is preserved. It becomes a lasting token of what would otherwise be fleeting. So I keep those three letters in a special place, with my special things, because it meant so much to me that my friends took the time to think of me, and write those thoughts down.'

The hardback was One of our Books of the Year 2015.

Liz Robinson

We Are All Made of Stars Synopsis

Stella Carey exists in a world of night. Married to an ex-soldier, she leaves the house every evening as Vincent locks himself away, along with the scars and the secrets he carries.

During her nursing shifts, Stella writes letters for her patients to their loved ones - some full of humour, love and practical advice, others steeped in regret or pain - and promises to post these messages after their deaths. Until one night Stella writes the letter that could give her patient one last chance at redemption, if she delivers it in time...

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We Are All Made of Stars 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.

  • Zarina de Ruiter - '‘We Are All Made of Stars’ is as heart-warming as it is heart-breaking. Rowan Coleman is quickly establishing herself as the queen of beautiful tearjerkers and I for one cannot wait for her next novel.'
  • Cathy Burman - 'Truly inspirational and beautifully written. Highly recommended to read at any time but definitely one to pack in the suitcase. You will not be disappointed. I look forward to reading more from this author.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'a tender story about how precious life is, how each moment counts and how those we have in our life, that mean the most to us, is who we think of at the very end.'
  • Janet Lambert - 'Rowan Coleman - you did it again - tore my heart in two, then sewed it back together. I'm clearly a more sensitive soul than I imagined, I sobbed my way readily throughout this stunning work'
  • Linda Neill - 'Having never read any books by Rowan Coleman, I was unsure what to expect from this novel. It didn’t disappoint.'
  • Judith Smith - 'An extremely uplifting, sad and happy book about being on the brink of death and how one person, a nurse on night shifts can make such a difference.'
  • Julie Wragg - 'beautifully and sensitively written with a cast of emotionally deep characters that provide some humour and much understanding of the difficult subject matter of loss and grief in its many forms.  Simply wonderful.'
  • Josie Barton - 'Rowan Coleman has delivered a beautiful story about love and loss, death and dying and the overwhelming value of dignity and respect.'
  • Kelly Silcox - 'is a heartfelt novel full of life, loss, love and humour with plenty of characters to meet and become involved with.'
  • Cat Hogwood - 'A story all about relationships and what you do for love.'
  • Joan Hill - 'This absorbing novel is beautifully written with wonderful characters. It exudes charm, empathy and compassion and is sprinkled with fabulous dialogue. It’s a definite ‘keeper’ for me.'
  • Nikki Whitmore - 'A tale of endings that is also very much about beginnings...'
  • Alison Jones - 'Gentle and emotive are the words that spring to mind when thinking about this book that follows troubled hospice nurse Stella.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'it deals with loss in such a beautiful way, it stays with you after reading and you want to shout about it from the tops of buildings.'

We Are All Made of Stars Press Reviews

'Oh, what a gorgeous book this is - it gripped me and wouldn't let me go. So engaging, so beautifully written - I loved every single thing about it' -- Jill Mansell

'We Are All Made of Stars is simply wonderful. Profoundly moving and ultimately hopeful, this story - like its deftly drawn characters - refuses to let you forget it' -- Miranda Dickinson

'Fans of Jojo Moyes will love We Are All Made Of Stars' Good Housekeeping

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780091953126
Publication date: 28/01/2016
Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780091951382
Publication date: 21/05/2015
Publisher: Ebury Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780091953126
Publication date: 28th January 2016
Author: Rowan Coleman
Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Book Club Recommendations, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Rowan Coleman

Rowan Coleman lives with her husband and five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire. She juggles writing novels with raising her family which includes a very lively set of toddler twins whose main hobby is going in opposite directions. When she gets the chance, Rowan enjoys sleeping, sitting and loves watching films; she is also attempting to learn how to bake. Rowan would like to live every day as if she were starring in a musical, although her daughter no longer allows her to sing in public. Despite being dyslexic, Rowan loves writing, and The Memory Book is ...

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