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The Half Life of Stars

by Louise Wener

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Relationship Stories

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Louise Wener is a talented young novelist who will undoubtedly hit the big time sometime soon.  She’s created some great characters and smart, unfussy one-liners that will make you laugh out loud, alongside parts that’ll make you want to cry.  Moving and gripping by turns you won’t want to put it down.

The Half Life of Stars Synopsis

Have you ever wished you could walk away from it all? Not for a day, not for a week, but for good.

Claire’s older brother, Daniel, has disappeared. He leaves work one Friday afternoon, shortly before Christmas, and vanishes into thin air. Married, successful, rich, there seems no reason why he would abandon his life. Has he been killed? Has he been kidnapped? Or has he just had enough?


Set between London and Miami, this is the story of a family with ghosts to bury. It opens on the day of the Challenger shuttle explosion at Cape Canaveral; a tragic moment that rips this family apart and sets Daniel’s disappearance in motion some 18 years later.


In the midst of it all sits Claire - promiscuous, divorced, irresponsible; fluent in six foreign languages, yet hopeless at interpreting life. It is Claire that knows Daniel best. It is Claire who becomes convinced that she knows where her older brother is and sets off on a journey to find him.

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ISBN: 9780340832448
Publication date: 08/03/2007
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780340832455
Publication date: 27/03/2006
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340832448
Publication date: 8th March 2007
Author: Louise Wener
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Louise Wener

Louise Wener was born and raised in Ilford, East London. In the mid nineties, after years of singing into hair brushes and working in dead end jobs, she found fame as lead singer with the pop band Sleeper and went on to record three top ten albums and eight top forty singles. She is now a full time author and mother of two.Photograph © Debra Hurford Brown   Below is a Q & A with this author. What's the first book you remember reading : The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. I rented it from the library every week ...

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