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Sebastian James Murphy is twenty years, six months and two days old. He loves swimming, fried eggs and Billy Ocean.
Sebastian is autistic. And lonely. Veronica wants her son Sebastian to be happy ... she wants the world to accept him for who he is. She is also thinking about paying a professional to give him what he desperately wants.
Violetta is a high-class escort, who steps out into the night thinking only of money. Of her nursing degree. Paying for her dad’s care. Getting through the dark.
When these three lives collide –intertwine in unexpected ways –everything changes. For everyone. A topical and moving drama about a mother’s love for her son, about getting it wrong when we think we know what’s best, about the lengths we go to care for family ... to survive ...This Is How We Are Human is a searching, rich and thought-provoking novel with a emotional core that will warm and break your heart
An atmospheric, haunting and beautifully written page turner!’ C L Taylor
‘Compelling, twisty, and seriously addictive... EXCELLENT’ Will Dean
‘With secrets, lies and plenty of twisty turns, it’s story isdark and it’s setting eerie and evocative’ Fionnuala Kearney
‘It’s EXTRAORDINARY –tense, twisted and utterly compelling, written with such raw beauty andunflinching honesty’ MirandaDickinson
‘Superb storytelling ... it is claustrophobic, unsettling and intense’ Prima
‘Haunting, provocative, and true to Beech’s style: packed with pain and heart’ Jack Jordan
'It’s a gentle book, full of emotion and it’s similar in tone toThe Book Thief, a book that Rose reads with a torch under the bedclothes’ The Irish Times
’Moving, engrossing and richly drawn, this is storytelling in its purest form ... mesmerising’ Amanda Jennings
'Quirky, darkly comic, but always heartfelt’ Sunday Mirror
‘Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine will love it' Red Magazine
‘A powerful and moving story’ Madeleine Black
Publication date: 10/06/2021
Publisher: Orenda Books
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Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in My Shoe, was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Maria in the Moon was compared to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, and widely reviewed. All three books have been number one on Kindle, Audible and Kobo in USA/UK/AU. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, ...More About Louise Beech