Nothing Else

Nothing Else

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 23/06/2022
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Nothing Else
5 big stars to Louise for Nothing Else. It is a hauntingly beautiful and moving story of 2 sisters who get parted a t a young age but who although lose tou... READ MORE
Sally Boocock


A professional pianist searches for her sister, who disappeared when their parents died, aided by her childhood-care records and a single song that continues to haunt her … the exquisite new novel from the author of This Is How We Are Human‘Utterly beautiful … I couldn’t put it down’ Iona Gray‘Louise Beech has a rare talent … she doesn’t just move the reader, she breaks their heart and mends it again’ Fiona Cummins‘The best one yet … I’m still in tears of heartbreak and joy’ S E Lynes'Like the notes of a nocturne, Nothing Else will leave you profoundly touched by its beauty' Nydia Hetherington–––––––––––––––––––––––––––Heather Harris is a piano teacher and professional musician, whose quiet life revolves around music, whose memories centre on a single song that haunts her. A song she longs to perform again. A song she wrote as a child, to drown out the violence in their home. A song she played with her little sister, Harriet.But Harriet is gone … she disappeared when their parents died, and Heather never saw her again.When Heather is offered an opportunity to play piano on a cruise ship, she leaps at the chance. She’ll read her recently released childhood care records by day – searching for clues to her sister’s disappearance – and play piano by night … coming to terms with the truth about a past she’s done everything to forget.An exquisitely moving novel about surviving devastating trauma, about the unbreakable bond between sisters, Nothing Else is also a story of courage and love, and the power of music to transcend – and change – everything.–––––––––––––––––––––––––––‘One of the best writers of her generation’ John Marrs   ‘A story of childhood trauma, survival, the fragility of memory, and of love that survives decades … I loved it’ Gill Paul‘A touching, beautifully written work of literary fiction ... pure perfection’
Michael Wood'A beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting novel' Vikki Patis‘Another brilliant tale of love and hope’ Fionnuala Kearney'Powerful, mesmerising and honest … I loved every word' Carol Lovekin   ‘A tender and beautiful story about the loving and unbreakable bond between sisters’ Madeleine Black   ‘Wonderful prose’ Shelley’s Book Nook   ‘Emotional, poignant, delightful’ Bobs and Books   ‘A masterpiece of emotional artistry, as spectacularly tender as it is disquieting, this book will stay with you long after you finish it’ Bookly Matters   ‘This is another beautiful, lyrically written story, made even more perfect with the musical themes throughout’ Karen Reads   ‘Beautifully written, in that style that is so typical of this author, and which never fails to draw its reader in’ From Belgium with Booklove   ‘Madame Beech has done it again ... both touching and heartbreaking’  Mrs Loves To Read   ‘This is such a beautiful book – incredibly tender, it’s like an extended piece of the most beautiful classical music you ever heard’ Tea Leaves and Reads   ‘This is a story, at its root, of love and loss, and lost time, but one that testifies to the power of truth and the endurance of love … her best yet’ Blue Book Balloon

  • Publisher: Orenda Books
  • ISBN: 9781914585166
  • Number of pages: 276
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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Nothing Else
Powerful, moving, tender and overflowing with love... and I loved every single moment
This is a story of love – of the unbreakable bond between sisters – but also about being brave enough to acknowledge the past, to face the memories, to ove... READ MORE
Being Anne
Nothing Else
Family, tragedy and new beginnings
Louise Beech is the kind of author who seems to reinvent themselves with each and every new book. Whilst you can always rely on her to provide a compelling... READ MORE
Jen Lucas
Nothing Else
Beautiful book about family connections
There is a beautiful sentiment that runs through this book. That music has the power to connect us all, it is as the author says so rightly our universal l... READ MORE
Kate Shotliff
Nothing Else
Love, loss and truth
I am always very pleased to see that a new book by Louise is on the way. They always grab me, and Nothing Else lived up to my expectations. At the same tim... READ MORE
Blue Book Balloon
Nothing Else
A great read
Heather and Harriet witness violence in their home on a daily basis. As the older sister Heather tries to hide as much of it as she can from Harriet. The g... READ MORE
Dawn Cairns
Nothing Else
What a wonderful book. From start to finish it filled my heart with every emotion going, joy, heartbreak, loss, sorrow etc. Louise Beech always writes wi... READ MORE
Karen Farrow