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How To Be Brave
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How To Be Brave (Paperback)

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Synopsis

All the stories died that morning ... until we found the one we'd always known.



When nine-year-old Rose is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Natalie must use her imagination to keep her daughter alive. They begin dreaming about and seeing a man in a brown suit who feels hauntingly familiar, a man who has something for them. Through the magic of storytelling, Natalie and Rose are transported to the Atlantic Ocean in 1943, to a lifeboat, where an ancestor survived for fifty days before being rescued.



A simply unforgettable debut that celebrates the power of words, the redemptive energy of a mother's love ... and what it really means to be brave.



'It's a gentle book, full of emotion and it's similar in tone to The Book Thief, a book that Rose reads with a torch under the bedclothes.' The Irish Times



'Moving, engrossing and richly drawn, this is storytelling in its purest form ... mesmerising' Amanda Jennings



`An amazing story of hope and survival ... a love letter to the power of books and stories' Nick Quantrill



`Two family stories of loss and redemption intertwine in a painfully beautiful narrative. This book grabbed me right around my heart and didn't let go' Cassandra Parkin



`Louise Beech is a natural born storyteller and this is a wonderful story' Russ Litten



`Beautifully written, intelligent and moving, this book will stay with you long after you reach the end' Ruth Dugdall

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Orenda Books Publication Date: 17/09/2015 ISBN-13: 9781910633199  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Reader's Choice in 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for the Not the Booker Prize. Her third book, Maria in the Moon was widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise is currently writing her next book. She lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull - the UK's 2017 City of Culture - and loves her job as Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. Follow Louise on Twitter @LouiseWriter and visit her website: louisebeech.co.uk.

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From the very first line "How To Be Brave" was such an eloquently and beautifully written story. Truly mesmerising, I will never forget the impact it had on me whilst reading. Blurb - When nine-year-old Rose is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Natalie must use her imagination to keep her daughter alive. They begin dreaming about and seeing a man in a brown suit who feels hauntingly familiar, a man who has something for them. Through the magic of storytelling, Natalie and Rose are transported to the Atlantic Ocean in 1943, to a lifeboat, where an ancestor survived for fifty days before being rescued. As a mother myself, I felt every emotion Natalie encountered when her child was ill and her memories and reflections of when Rose was young, really tugged my heartstrings. The sudden change in Rose after her diagnosis was saddening to read and must have been so hard for Natalie to stay strong for herself and her young daughter during such sudden unexpected circumstances. The author's passion for the subject only comes from real life experiences and coupled with a tremendous amount of research into the history of the ill fated SS Lulworth Hill and even her own familial history, she has written a powerful and moving story guaranteed to have you checking food and water wastage for days after. My grandfather was a merchant seaman during WW2 and was constantly terrified of dying at sea, so I could truly relate and empathise with the characters in the story. I've always been drawn to the mighty sea, living so close to it and the way the author described the sea while the men were adrift was so perfect it was as if you were in the life raft with them. I loved the little sentences at the beginning of each chapter, they were quite haunting, giving the reader a hint of what was to come and from the first time we are introduced to the brown suited man my spine was tingling whenever he appeared. I was teary and full of emotion reading the final chapters and I was so moved by the real life story of the SS Lulworth Hill that I have ordered the book written by Kenneth Cooke (who was one of the characters) about his real life ordeal just to keep the story alive - I was genuinely sad to say goodbye to such a moving book. Reading how Rose coped with her new life changing conditions was very inspirational and truly found her to be so brave. "How To Be Brave" is Louise Beech's debut novel and I know she has gone onto publish even more wonderfully written books since - "Maria In The Moon" I also thoroughly enjoyed. I will without doubt read all of her work and I look forward to moving onto "Mountain In My Shoe" next, but this time I'll be keeping the tissues very handy! Beautiful, moving, inspirational and simply UNFORGETTABLE! A must read for all ages! 5 stars and MORE!

- 18/06/2018
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