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One of our Books of the Year 2016.

Just so, so gorgeous! Laura lives on her own in the woodland wilds of South West Ireland, a film crew discover she has a special gift, will she be exploited or set free? I always know a book is fabulous when I forget I’m meant to be reviewing and instead find myself completely transported to another world. Cecelia Ahern writes with such a light, magical touch, yet she opens up feelings and allows you to see, to feel, to think. Each part of the story is introduced by a fascinating section taken from a book written in 1933, and links beautifully to Laura. This story is alive with the mystical and unknown, yet is a very modern tale indeed. The writing is so perfect, I actually heard sound… noise touched me, clearly, effortlessly and beautifully, making my heart ache. A delicious enchantment underpins and threads through the story, yet there is also an undertone of unease and foreboding that lingers as you turn the pages, ensuring ‘Lyrebird’ is a bewitching, gloriously delightful read. ~ Liz Robinson

December 2016 Book of the Month.

If you like Cecelia Ahern you might also like to read books by Elizabeth Noble, Carolyn Jess-Cooke and Maeve Binchy.


Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

She will change your life forever...In the south-west of Ireland, rugged mountains meet bright blue lakes and thick forests. Deep in the woods, a young woman lives alone, forever secluded from the world, her life a well-kept secret. She possesses an extraordinary talent, the likes of which no-one has seen before: a gift that will earn her the nickname Lyrebird. When Solomon stumbles into Laura's solitary existence, her life is turned on its head. Pulled from her peaceful landscape to the cacophony of Dublin, she is confronted by a world desperate to understand her. But while Solomon knows the world will embrace Laura, will it free her to spread her wings - or will it trap her in a gilded cage? Like all wild birds, she needs to fly free...Lyrebird is a thoughtful, deeply moving love story; a story of the wild heart in us all and the quiet that lies underneath the world's noise.


Praise for Cecelia Ahern:

'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'

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

'Both moving and thought-provoking'
Irish Independent

'A must read'
Marie Claire

Good Housekeeping

'A unique read

'Another hit!'

'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'

'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.'

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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3rd November 2016


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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


432 pages


Relationship Stories
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