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Ten Things I've Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler
  

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Told in alternating chapters in first person narratives by the two main characters, this is very special. It tells of a father looking for his lost daughter and a girl reflecting on her life after the death of her father. How and why these two come together in beautifully done. Also charming is how each chapter begins with ten things about the subject’s life and feelings which reveal much about themselves. This is a truly lovely, lovely book.

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Ten Things I've Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler

Alice is back in the family house that has never felt like home, waiting out the last few days of her father's life and yearning to escape. Across the city, a homeless man named Daniel searches for the daughter he has always loved but never met. Connected by a secret, Alice and Daniel are about to cross paths in unexpected and life-changing ways ...Alice has just returned to London from months of travelling abroad. She is late to hear the news that her father is dying, and arrives at the family home only just in time to say goodbye. Daniel hasn't had a roof over his head for years, but to him the city of London feels like home in a way that no bricks and mortar ever did. He spends every day searching for his daughter; the daughter he has never met. Until now ...

Reviews

'A very enjoyable read ... subtle and clever'
Clare Morrall, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Astonishing Splashes of Colour

'A hymn to London -- poetic and incantatory. The gripping, hopeful love story is deftly threaded through wonderfully detailed, sensuous prose'. - Martina Evans

'Sarah Butler writes a very real London, linking paths through the city with a moving, eloquent story of love, loss and family' - Stella Duffy

'Heartbreaking and hopeful, Ten Things I've Learnt About Love criss-crosses London in a search for fathers and daughters, family and home. For anyone who has ever wondered where they belong, or to whom they belong, the answer can be found within Sarah Butler's tender debut novel' - Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers

'Graceful and subtle... love, in all its shape-shifting complexity, is at the core of this novel; that and the consequences -- good and bad -- of keeping secrets... The shifting and intricate dynamics of family life, and the vertiginously painful feelings of loss induced by relationship breakdown and bereavement, are written with imaginative precision. This is a thought- as well as emotion-provoking novel... It also sparkles with hope.' - Independent on Sunday

'Increasingly suspenseful... a moving and satisfying debut' - John Harding, Daily Mail

'A warm-hearted, hopeful fable about trying to stay true to yourself: about losing parents, building bridges and seeing miracles in the dust on the pavement' - Maggie Gee

About the Author

Sarah Butler is in her early thirties and lives in Manchester. She runs a consultancy which develops literature and arts projects that explore and question our relationship to place. She has been writer in residence on the Central Line, the Greenwich Peninsula, and at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and has taught creative writing for the British Council in Kuala Lumpur. Ten Things I've Learnt About Love is her first novel, and has been published in thirteen languages around the world.

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Book Info

Publication date

26th January 2014

Author

Sarah Butler

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Author's Website

www.sarahbutler.org.uk/

Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
288 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

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

ISBN

9781447222507

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