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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 ninety-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?
©2015 Sarah Winman (P)2015 Headline Digital
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By Carol on 07-27-15

Great story-telling

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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By Bjerkana on 07-08-16

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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By Mrs S. on 09-11-15

Oh what a book, what a story.

Not sure what drew me to this book in the first place and on starting it I thought it was going to be a bit too odd for me, but then it takes you by the hand and your entranced.
The narrator, being the author herself, was the best I've listened to by far, able to bring each character to life as an individual with a different ascent, pitch and tone, so rather than being a good story but read in a bland tone, it is more like listening to a good play, one that makes you feel as if you know the characters well, like people you actually know from your own life, how clever, how amazing.
This book moved me, made me lough, cry and think !
Exactly what a good book should be (a story, a journey, not just a book).
All the characters are interesting in their own way, but the character of Marvellous Ways is so strong, kind and wise, you can't fail to be both moved and delighted.
Enjoy !

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By Rachel Redford on 07-28-15

Go with the flow!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Sarah Winman's 'When God was a Rabbit' had a huge following when it was published in 2011, and her new novel shares the same kind of story-telling rooted in reality. But it's a reality into which magic and mysticism ebb and flow - like the tide in which the mermaid mother of Marvellous Ways lived (and died when she was shot in mistake for a basking seal).<br/>Marvellous Ways - even her name is one of the book's many playful games with words - is 89 years old at the beginning of the story. She is sitting by a Cornish creek with a telescope waiting. Waiting for what? She has spent her life living alone, hanging on 'like a limpet' , waiting for some kind of completion. It's 1947 and a young soldier Francis Drake who had lived through the battlefields of France has a letter to deliver to the father of another young soldier he watched die. Together both Marvellous and Francis achieve some kind of regeneration. <br/>The lives of Francis, Marvellous and the bereaved father are teased out in waves of flashbacks which are an always intriguing mix of sharp reality, striking imagery, lulling rhythms and fantasy. <br/>Sarah Winman reads the novel herself. Authors aren't always the best narrators of their own work, but here it is absolutely right. Because the words are hers, she knows exactly how to weight them and guide the listener through the magic. You can really believe that she is Marvellous.

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By tatiana on 10-28-17

Beautiful

It’s a sweet story, simple and magical at the same time, personal in a way, and told in fragments just as a person’s memory...
the narrator is great, personalizing each character’s voice.
Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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By Pamela on 08-30-17

Well worth it

Loved this book, it wasn't what I expected it was a pleasant surprise to be pulled in and taken on a wonderful journey.

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