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Everything is Beautiful:  'the most uplifting book of the year' Good Housekeeping
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Everything is Beautiful: 'the most uplifting book of the year' Good Housekeeping (Hardback)

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'This book took hold of me and wouldn't let me go until I turned the final page' BETH O'LEARY



'Funny, tender and uplifting' BBC RADIO 4



'Beautifully written and thought-provoking' KATIE FFORDE



'This is one of those books you just want to gulp down in one' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING



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When Amy Ashton's world fell apart eleven years ago, she started a collection.



Just a few keepsakes of happier times: some honeysuckle to remind herself of the boy she loved, a chipped china bird, an old terracotta pot . . . Things that others might throw away, but to Amy, represent a life that could have been.



Now her house is overflowing with the objects she loves - soon there'll be no room for Amy at all. But when a family move in next door, a chance discovery unearths a mystery, and Amy's carefully curated life begins to unravel. If she can find the courage to face her past, might the future she thought she'd lost still be hers for the taking?



Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant and The Keeper of Lost Things, this exquisitely told, uplifting novel shows us that however hopeless things might feel, beauty can be found in the most unexpected of places

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Everyone is talking about Eleanor Ray:



'A charming debut novel with a loveable heroine' People's Friend



'Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant' Candis



'Inspiring' Vogue



'A total treat of a read - warm, enchanting and intriguing' Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You



'Like the objects Amy collects, this novel is a treasure all of its own' Woman



'A joy to read, and very beautiful indeed' Lisa Dickenson, author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas



'Uplifting' Sunday Express



'Beautifully written and full of compassion, kindness and hope' Irish Independent



'A gorgeous, warm hug of a novel' Sinead Moriarty, author of A Perfect Match



'A tonic for the soul' Lesley Kara, author of The Rumour



'Charming' Claire Kendal, author of The Book of You



'Eleanor Ray has perfectly captured how it feels to not quite fit in' M W Craven, author of The Puppet Show



'A wonderful celebration of the power of kindness' Hannah Tovey, author of The Education of Ivy Edwards



'Heart-warming and thought-provoking' Andrea Mara, author of The Other Side of the Wall



'I relished it from start to finish' Amanda Robson, author of Obsession



'Dazzling' My Weekly



'A wonderfully huggable and uplifting debut' Love Reading



'An uplifting read full of mystery and heart' Yours#



'5 Stars...a charming debut with a loveable heroine' People's Friend

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomanceAdult & contemporary romance Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 15/04/2021 ISBN-13: 9780349427430  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Eleanor Ray has an MA in English Literature from Edinburgh University and works in marketing. She lives in London with her husband and two young children. Eleanor was inspired to write Everything is Beautiful by the objects her toddler collects and treasures - twigs, empty water bottles and wilting daisies. She is currently working on her next novel.

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Customer Reviews

Sometimes it's impossible to part with the things we love the most.... “When Amy Ashton's world came crashing down eleven years ago, she started a collection. Just a little collection, just a few keepsakes of happier times. Things that others might throw away but to Amy, represent a life that could have been. Now her house is overflowing with the objects she loves - soon there'll be no room for Amy at all. But when a family move in next door, a chance discovery unearths a mystery long since buried and Amy's carefully curated life begins to unravel.” In the current world of worry, depression and unpredictability, this book was like therapy for me. It really picked me up and although heart breaking at times, it was uplifting, fascinating, funny and with a mystery element to keep you intrigued, I was unable to put this book down and felt bereft when I was finished. I made a true friend in Amy, feeling like a kindred spirit - Amy with her endless collection of ornamental birds and knick knacks and her peculiarities and me with my boxes and piles of books in every room I couldn’t think to part with. I adored how she saw such beauty in living and all things inanimate, describing them so vividly with wonderfully, vibrant colourful similes and so obviously filled with love. Who could have imagined the beauty in an empty wine bottle or an unused ashtray? All the unique characters were excellently portrayed, from the gossipy, nosy neighbour to Liam, Amy’s office admirer. The way the story was narrated, with events as they unfolded in current time and Amy’s life before her world crumbled, the two intertwined seamlessly and kept you wanting to turn the pages faster than you could read them. “Everything is Beautiful” and everything IS beautiful about this book - from cover to cover, page to page - you’ll find this book hard to put down and will live with you forever, it certainly will with me! This book comes highly recommended and I can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next. 5 gloriously beautiful stars!

- 04/02/2021
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