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by Cecelia Ahern

Books of the Month Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Family Drama Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on Roar

Thirty very different pieces about extraordinary women, keenly observed and astute. They cover the spectrum from triumphant to pathetic, sad to humerous, surprising to surreal. There is the woman who unravels, another who grows wings, one who secretly paints her grass green, one talks to ducks, one slips through a timeless crack and another is put on a shelf. Some will irritate, others make you laugh or cry. Do not read too many together else you will lose the flavour. I would believe it to be a good bedside book, read two or three a night and take the next day pondering and digesting them before the next batch. I also believe it would make an excellent Christmas present for any woman any age.

Sarah Broadhurst

Roar Synopsis

`These stories sing and cry and shout and whisper from the page. They're sharp, clever, witty...a joy to read.' Donal Ryan, international bestselling author of The Spinning Heart I am woman. Hear me roar. Have you ever imagined a different life? Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided? Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar? The women in these startlingly original stories are all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. From The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Was Kept on the Shelf and The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged her Husband, discover thirty touching, often hilarious, stories and meet thirty very different women. Each discovers her strength; each realizes she holds the power to make a change. Witty, tender, surprising, these keenly observed tales speak to us all, and capture the moment when we all want to roar.

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Roar 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.

One of the best short story books I have read in a long time!! Full review

Catherine Bryce

A collection of stories that is both empowering and relatable, speaking to women of all ages. Full review

Karen Swanscott

A selection of entertaining and witty short stories about women's place in society as seen from a woman's viewpoint. Full review

Pauline Braisher

You will return to this book like a selection box of herbal teas, finding that perfect remedy to soothe any doubt, fear or situation. Full review

Tiffany Chevis

Collection of nice inspiring short stories to help empower women. Full review

emma lewis

A great, easy read which all women with identify with in some way. Full review

Sally Doel

A unique reflection upon an eclectic wealth of situations that we as women experience but sometimes fail to share, often imagining that we are the only ones to feel the way that we do. A brave and imaginative collection of highly readable short stories. Full review

Val Rowe

A book of short stories that are bound to shock, amuse and surprise. All are fresh and original with plenty of ideas to make the reader think outside the box. Full review

christine woolfenden

An exciting collection of fictional narratives. Cecelia Ahern showcases her graceful flair in writing stories which candidly capture the women we see everyday, from all walks of life. Full review

Saarah N

It is such a lovely, positive and uplifting book. I strongly recommend reading it, especially if you are a woman who… well, if you are a woman. Full review

Rebecca Kirkby

I really wanted to love it. Full review


Excitement quickly turned to sadness Full review

Julie Mann

The perfect book for Cecilia Ahern fans to read on holiday - surreal, funny, thought-provoking, confusing....I could go on! Full review

Gill Burn

A promising idea for a collection but more of a whimper than a roar. Full review

Kathryn Eastman

An interesting way of showing women that their feelings are normal. Full review

Cate Greenan

I was not disappointed. At first I read the first few stories and then have to admit after putting it down did not pick it up again for a couple of weeks. However, that is the beauty of this book. Often you have to re-read parts to pick up a book left aside for awhile, yet this can be picked and read if you have 5, 10, 15 mins spare or devoured if you have longer! Full review

Sam Lewis

A tame rather than fierce new release from Cecilia Ahern. Full review

Caroline Highy

An exploration of the cliches of older womanhood, this mixture of short stories will have something that sings out for everyone. Full review

Caroline Wood

Roar Press Reviews

`These provocative and witty stories prove it's time to recognise Cecelia Ahern as one of our finest writers' John Boyne

`These stories sing from the page ... sharp, clever, witty: a joy to read' Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart

Acclaim 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' Grazia

`Both moving and thought-provoking' Irish Independent

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008283490
Publication date: 01/11/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Publication date: 01/11/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008283490
Publication date: 1st November 2018
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories,

About 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 ...

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