The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

by Marianne Cronin

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LoveReading Expert Review of The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

This truly beautiful feel-good novel champions friendship as 17 and 83 year-olds Lenni and Margot meet in hospital.

The One Hundred years of Lenni and Margot is so special, it’s gentle yet pointed and warmly amusing as it highlights life within sight and touching distance of death. To celebrate their joint 100 years, 17 year-old Lenni and 83 year-old Margot paint their life stories while in hospital. Singing of friendship, love, and family, we discover how they can all be found in the most unexpected of places. This is Marianne Cronin’s debut novel, and I’ve added her to my list of authors to look out for. While Lenni and Margot are the stars, the other characters add essential energy. She brings these characters to vibrant life with a few perfectly chosen words. The smallest of details matter, in fact are vital. This book is so visual, slipping backwards and forwards in time, snapshots of the years appeared like magic to paint their own picture in my mind. The pages dance with joy and hope, while being realistic about death. I laughed and I cried, yes this novel is emotional, yet it also delivers the most heart-warming hug too. A well-deserved LoveReading Star Book, The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot comes with a 'must-read' label of recommendation from me.

Liz Robinson

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot Synopsis

An extraordinary friendship. A lifetime of stories. Their last one begins here.

Life is short.

No-one knows that better than seventeen-year-old Lenni living on a hospital ward. But as she is about to learn, it's not only what you make of life that matters, but who you share it with.

Dodging doctor's orders, she joins an art class where she bumps into fellow patient Margot, a rebel-hearted eight-three-year-old. Their bond is instant as they realize that together they have lived an astonishing one hundred years.

To celebrate their shared century, they decide to paint their life stories: of growing old and staying young, of giving joy, of receiving kindness, of losing love, of finding the person who is everything.

As their extraordinary friendship deepens, it becomes vividly clear that life is not done with Lenni and Margot yet.

Fiercely alive, disarmingly funny and brimming with tenderness, THE ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LENNI AND MARGOT unwraps the extraordinary gift of life, and revels in our infinite capacity for friendship and love. 

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781529176247
Publication date: 9th December 2021
Author: Marianne Cronin
Publisher: Penguin an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Primary Genre Feel-Good Fiction
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Marianne Cronin Press Reviews

A gorgeous, heartbreaking story readers won't soon forget - ELLE MAGAZINE

Charged with light and colour. Gloriously original and full of wisdom, humour, and hope. It made me think and care and laugh and cry. One of my all-time favourite books - HAZEL PRIOR, author of AWAY WITH THE PENGUINS

Cronin's characters are fully drawn, and chime together to tell a sweet story about connection, loss and living - IRISH TIMES

A gorgeous, heartwarming novel. The perfect antidote to the world right now - FABULOUS MAGAZINE

Filled with kindness and quirky characters who restore your faith in life. This debut will stay with you, answering the question, What is life made of? - MY WEEKLY, BOOK OF THE WEEK

Full of honesty and warmth. A beautiful debut - CULTUREFLY

An extraordinary tale of living, love and heartbreak - The Sun

A beautiful, funny, and incredibly assured story filled with rich characters. - INDEPENDENT

A special and lovely read. Guaranteed to leave you wanting a hug - STYLIST, Best New Fiction

Heartwarming and remarkable stories of two loveable characters - BBC NEWS, ones to watch, 2021

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About Marianne Cronin

Marianne Cronin was born in 1990. She studied English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham. She now spends most of her time writing, with her newly-adopted rescue cat sleeping under her desk. When she's not writing, Marianne can be found performing improv in the West Midlands, where she lives. Her debut novel The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot is to be published around the world and is being adapted into a feature film by a major Hollywood studio. You can also follow Marianne on Instagram: @itsmariannecronin

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