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If ever there was a book to fall completely in love with, this is it. Grace Atherton keeps certain parts of her deeply buried from everyone, yet it is the revelation of a joint secret that causes her life as she knows it to stop, how can she possibly restart it again? The first few sentences told me I was in for a real treat, I was intrigued, delighted in the style of writing, and then the end of first chapter… it was completely unexpected and caused my stomach to squirm. While this is a book to read with joy, it isn’t a gooey ride, it made me flinch, question and delve into thoughts. Anstey Harris has conjured such beautiful descriptions, they created a fully realised and vivid picture in my mind. Music and friendship pay a hugely important part in this book, the joy of each deeply embedded in the page, the words releasing themselves into my soul. I will admit to knowing next to nothing about cellos and violins, yet somehow I felt as though I did, I understood, I felt, I loved each instrument. I absolutely adore The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton, it is completely magical and I suspect that each time I read it (it is a book to return to), a slightly different story will await me. Highly recommended.
Grace, Nadia and Mr Williams see each other at work every day. But it will take a crisis for them to finally reveal the truth about themselves.
Grace is 40 and in love with David. Her life is about to fall apart in the most shocking of ways.
Nadia is 17 and furious. She knows that love will only let her down: if she is going to succeed it will be on her own terms.
Maurice Williams is 86. He has discovered a lot about love in his long life, and even more about people. And yet he keeps secrets.
Sometimes you have to hit the bottom in order to find a way back. And sometimes you need a friend, or two, by your side when you triumph.
'Brilliantly and movingly written' Dorothy Koomson 'An impressively powerful debut' Claire Frost, Fabulous Magazine
'As elegant and uplifting as a classical sonata, with added kick from its unforgettably quirky characters. I was both engrossed in and moved by this fabulous debut' Catherine Isaac, author of R&J Book Club pick You Me Everything
'A moving, beautifully written, uplifting debut about mending broken hearts through friendship. The twists and turns make it impossible to put down' Sarah J. Harris
'What a total joy!' Fanny Blake
`This book was so different from anything I've read before... it was beautiful, uplifting and really taught me a thing or two about the world of stringed instruments... The characters are diverse, the setting beautiful and the subject matter unique' Fabulous Book Fiend
'An absolutely beautiful read' Heidi Swain
'I adored this book! Exquisitely crafted, it's a compassionate, heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting tale of Grace and David's complicated love that will keep you turning the pages. Read it. Like some of Grace's decisions, it's an absolute triumph' Fionnuala Kearney
Publication date: 25/07/2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
|Publication date:||25th July 2019|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Ltd|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance,|
Anstey Harris teaches creative writing for Canterbury Christ Church University and in the community with her own company, Writing Matters. She has been featured in various literary magazines and anthologies, been shortlisted for many prizes, and won the H G Wells Short Story Award. Anstey lives in Kent, UK and is the mother of the singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan.More About Anstey Harris