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Letters to Iris by Elizabeth Noble

Letters to Iris

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April 2018 Book of the Month

'A gloriously uplifting story about love in all its forms from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Reading Group and Things I Want My Daughters to Know.'

This author has certainly not lost her touch despite it being six years since her last book. This is warm, affectionate, engaging and insightful. Well written with well portrayed characters who interconnect with each other in a tale that grabs your interest from the first chapters and holds it to the satisfying final page. The story revolves around two women, young pregnant Tess who has just left her boyfriend and gone home to mum, and middle-aged Gigi who has just left her husband and needs to sort her life out. Her three kids have grown up and her marriage is stale. The person Tess loves most in her family is her grandmother Iris who is slipping away in a home. The same home houses Gigi’s father-in-law. Here then is a wonderful multi-generational cast. Mix them together, plus Gigi’s family, and you get a tale of real depth and emotion. The letters of the title are from Iris’ brother during and just after World War II plus some from her grandfather from the same period. They are poignant and affect Tess greatly. A wonderful read, highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Elizabeth Noble you might also like to read books by Madeleine Wickham, Robyn Sisman and Jane Yardley.

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.

  • Vanessa Breaks - 'A beautifully crafted novel exploring love, life and relationships. Light -hearted in places, whilst also encompassing tough issues and sadness. Well-rounded characters you quickly become invested in.'
  • Sandra Makower - 'Letters To Iris speaks to all stages of life: from youth to old age. I’m sure that this book will ring as true to you as it did to me. It brought tears to my eyes, so don’t forget the issues!'
  • Lucy Chaplin - 'Wonderful: warm and wise, Elizabeth Noble explores the complexities of family relationships with a sure hand. Quick to draw the reader in, this is a book that is hard to put down.'
  • Sharon Lowe - 'One of the most intriguing stories I have had the pleasure of reading.'


Letters to Iris by Elizabeth Noble

Tess has a secret - one which is going to turn her life upside down in just nine months' time. The only person she can confide in is her beloved grandmother. But Iris is slipping further away each day. Then chance brings a stranger into Tess's life. Gigi's heart goes out to Tess, knowing what it's like to feel alone. She's determined to show her that there's a silver lining to every cloud. As their unlikely friendship blossoms, Tess feels inspired to open up. But something still holds her back - until she discovers Iris has a secret of her own. A suitcase of letters from another time, the missing pieces of a life she never shared. Could the letters hold the answers that Tess thought lost for ever? An uplifting, unforgettable story about keeping secrets, taking chances and finding happiness where you least expect it. Praise for Elizabeth Noble


Noble is the mistress of the tearjerking message of love - Express

A wonderfully well-written book, full of emotion - Daily Mail

Witty, affectionate and unashamedly tear-jerking - Red

Impossible to finish without tears streaming down your face - Daily Express

Honest and beautifully written - Woman & Home

Incredibly thought-provoking and poignant - Sun

Witty, pacy and immediately engaging - Glamour

Tissues are essential. You'll ricochet between delicately watering eyes at the romance of it all and howling sobs at the unbearable tenderness - Heat

It would be a hard heart indeed that remained unmoved . . . the tender feelings that Noble engenders in her readers are to be cherished - Daily Express

So fluid, the pages turn themselves - Daily Mirror

Irresistible comfort read - Glamour

'A great writer. You'll be rooting for Noble's protagonists as soon as you meet them'- Daily Mail

'Noble is the mistress of the tearjerking message of love' Express 'Deliciously readable' Times

About the Author

Elizabeth Noble

Elizabeth Noble lives in New York and Surrey with her husband and two daughters. Her six previous novels, The Reading Group, The Friendship Test (formerly published as The Tenko Club), Alphabet Weekends, Things I Want My Daughters to Know, The Girl Next Door and The Way We Were, were all Sunday Times bestsellers, with The Reading Group reaching Number One.

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5th April 2018


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Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd


480 pages


Sagas and Romance
Books of the Month
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Family Drama

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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