The Marble Collector
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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. ~ Liz Robinson
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?'
The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern
A box of possessions. A father with no memory. A daughter with just one day to piece together the past. When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father's belongings, her seemingly uneventful life suddenly alters and shifts. In the single day she has to search for answers about the man she thought she knew, a man who can no longer remember his own story, Sabrina uncovers far bigger secrets than she could have imagined. And discovers that sometimes it's the people closest to us that we know the least.
'Cleverly constructed, full of flavour and moving'
'An illuminating and touching father/daughter story about memory, childhood and secrets'
Woman & Home
'Beautiful and unexpected ... both thought-provoking and life-affirming
'Intricate and emotional ... really completely lovely'
'Brilliant characters, piles of pathos and intrigue...quite simply fantastic'
'Both moving and thought-provoking'
'A must read'
'A unique read
Essentials Praise for Cecelia Ahern:
'A wry, dark drama'
'Ahern cleverly and thoughtfully turns the tables, providing thought-provoking life lessons.'
'An unusual and satisfying novel'
'Life-affirming, warm and wise'
'Cecelia Ahern is an undisputed master when it comes to writing about relationships...Moving, real and exquisitely crafted.'
About the Author
Publication date5th May 2016
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PublisherHarper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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