A Year of Marvellous Ways

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Marvellous Ways is eighty-nine years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. Lately 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 Second World War. When his promise to fulfil a dying man’s last wish sees him wash up in Marvellous’ creek, broken in body and spirit, the old woman comes to his aid. As an unlikely friendship grows between the two, can Drake give Marvellous what she needs to say goodbye to the world, and can she give him what he needs to go on?

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From the author of STILL LIFE, TIN MAN and WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT.

‘Will stand the test of time’ Irish Examiner
‘Beautiful prose that ebbs and flows’ Independent
A Year of Marvellous Ways is like Dylan Thomas given a sexy rewrite by Angela Carter’
Patrick Gale

This is a story about Marvellous Ways, an eighty-nine-year-old woman who lives alone in a remote Cornish creek, spending her days sitting by the river, peering through a telescope. And it’s about Francis Drake, a young soldier who washes up in her creek, shattered by war and broken-hearted. It’s about the magic in everyday life and the lure of the sea, the healing powers of storytelling and sloe gin, love and death, and how we carry on when grief comes snapping at our heels.

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Weight 236 g
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 2.4 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

314

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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