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The Gift

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What would your greatest gift be? For the workaholic hero here, Lou, it is time, and magically he is given it. This is another tender, ethereal tale from a very talented author. You’ll love it.

Comparison: Audrey Niffenegger, Alice Sebold, Ben Sherwood.

If you like Cecelia Ahern you might also like to read books by Christina Courtenay, Deborah Wright and Elizabeth Noble.

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The Gift by Cecelia Ahern

Step into the magical world of Cecelia Ahern in this heartwarming bestseller...If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be? Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with his wife and family, his mind was always someplace else. On his way into work one early winter morning, Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man sitting outside the office building. Intrigued by him and on discovering that he could also be very useful to have around, Lou gets Gabe a job in the post room. But soon Lou begins to regret helping Gabe. His very presence unsettles Lou and how does Gabe appear to be in two places at the same time? As Christmas draws closer, Lou starts to understand the value of time. He sees what is truly important in life yet at the same time he learns the harshest lesson of all. This is a story about people who not unlike parcels, hide secrets.They cover themselves in layers until the right person unwraps them and discovers what's inside. Sometimes you have to be unravelled in order to find out who you really are. For Lou Suffern, that took time.


`Utterly irresistible . . . I devoured it in one sitting
Marian Keyes, Irish Times

`An intriguing, heartfelt novel, which makes you think about the value of life

`A heavenly gift that speaks to the heart
Irish Independent

`Heart-warming, emotional, funny and filled with unexpected twists
RTE Guide

About the Author

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 became an international box office success, starring Hilary Swank. Cecelia also co-created the hit American television series Samantha Who? Her novels are published in nearly 50 countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series. She and her books have won numerous awards, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You. Cecelia lives in County Dublin with her family.

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1st October 2009


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Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


368 pages


Family Drama
Relationship Stories
Romantic Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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