A Year of Marvellous Ways is the much anticipated and utterly beguiling new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international best seller When God Was a Rabbit.
Cornwall, 1947. Marvellous Ways is a 90-year-old woman who's lived alone on a remote creek for nearly all her life. Recently she's taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She's waiting for something - she's not sure what, but she'll know it when she sees it.
Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the war. He's agreed to fulfil a dying man's last wish and hand deliver a letter to the man's father in Cornwall. But Drake's journey doesn't go to plan and sees him literally wash up in Marvellous' creek, broken in body and spirit.
When Marvellous comes to his aid, an unlikely friendship grows between the two. Can Drake give Marvellous what she needs to say good-bye to the world, and can she give him what he needs to go on?
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The story itself was told well, and the story-telling within was awesome. I really liked the narration. A sensitive and poignant relationship between young and old. Definitely recommend!
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Charming and poetic
It took me a little while to get into this book as the writing style is distinctive and beautiful and you need to get your head into it. However it was worth persevering. A book of rare beauty, slightly magical, delightful and wonderfully written. Winman's prose is gorgeous and her characters are deep and mysterious. The story has a delightful circularity which I didn't see coming.
The narration was excellent, not the usual quality of an author-read book but powerful and elegant, with beautifully delineated characters. A most different and enjoyable book.
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