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The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern
  

The Marble Collector

Relationship Stories   Family Drama   Literary Fiction   Romantic Fiction   eBook Favourites   

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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

If you like Cecelia Ahern you might also like to read books by Anna Maxted, Sarah Addison Allen and Elizabeth Noble.

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?'

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Synopsis

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.

Reviews

'Cleverly constructed, full of flavour and moving'
Daily Mail

'An illuminating and touching father/daughter story about memory, childhood and secrets'
Woman & Home

'Beautiful and unexpected ... both thought-provoking and life-affirming
Sunday Express

'Intricate and emotional ... really completely lovely'
Grazia

'Brilliant characters, piles of pathos and intrigue...quite simply fantastic'
Heat

'Both moving and thought-provoking'
Irish Independent

'A must read'
Marie Claire

'Enchanting'
Good Housekeeping

'A unique read
Closer

'Another hit!'
Essentials 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.'
Heat

About the Author

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 became an international box office success, starring Hilary Swank. Cecelia also co-created the hit American television series Samantha Who? Her novels are published in nearly 50 countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series. She and her books have won numerous awards, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You. Cecelia lives in County Dublin with her family.

Author photo © Matthew Thompson

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Book Info

Publication date

5th May 2016

Author

Cecelia Ahern

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Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
Family Drama
Literary Fiction
Romantic Fiction
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007501847

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