The million-copy bestselling love story – including an extract from the new sequel, Postscript
Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other’s sentences. No one could ever imagine them without each other.
When Gerry dies, Holly is devastated. But Gerry has left her a bundle of notes, one for each month of her year, each signed 'PS, I Love You'.
As the notes are opened, the man who knows Holly better than anyone teaches her that life goes on. With some help from friends and family, Holly laughs, cries and finds that life is for living – but it helps if there's someone watching over you.
‘This exceptional novel about bereavement, friendship and lost love is both heartbreaking and uplifting’ Express
‘A sensational debut novel that proves true love never dies’ Cosmopolitan
‘Heartbreak, intrigue and love letters from beyond the grave – Ahern has a sure and sympathetic hand’
‘A bittersweet storyline guaranteed to tug on your heartstrings’
‘A moving, beautiful novel’ Sunday Telegraph
Acclaim for Cecelia Ahern:
‘Bursting with narrative verve and ear for language…a writer hitting their prime’ Waterstones.com
‘Cleverly constructed, full of flavour and moving’ Daily Mail
‘Beautiful and unexpected … both thought-provoking and life-affirming’ Sunday Express
‘Intricate and emotional … really completely lovely’ Grazia
About the author
Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. Her novels have been translated into thirty-five languages and have sold more than twenty-five million copies in over fifty countries. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.
She and her books have won numerous awards, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You.
She lives in Dublin with her family.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Cecelia Ahern’s Inside Story: “I had just turned 21. I had just graduated college. I was living at home with my mother and was trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. I was going to do a Masters in film production and then I got this idea for the book. It just kept running round and round in my head. I knew I had to write it down. So at about 10pm, I sat down and wrote down the time and date, so I knew I was doing something important to me. I began writing what I called ‘The List’ and I couldn’t stop. I think I wrote until about 4am and then I slept until two in the afternoon.
“I got up and I typed what I had written, transcribed it, and started all over again the next day and kept on writing and writing every night. I had no intention of publishing the book, by the way. This was just something that was flowing out of me at a time when I obviously needed to just get this out.
“My mother started reading it and encouraged me to show somebody. I’m told that was a brave thing to do, but I was 21: I was willing to try anything. I sent it to an agent and very quickly, a few short months later, I had this first deal. And so began three months of hibernation, writing the story. I was crying, I was laughing, I was living by night and sleeping by day. It entirely took over my life.
“Sundays have always been my favourite days for writing—they certainly were then. I feel like time slows down and as though no-one else is really alive or existing so it’s a nice time to have peace of mind, quiet and focus. At that time, I felt like I was the only person in the world writing this story.
“I certainly am not like Holly and clearly hadn’t lost a husband, but I think I was able to identify with her journey and put what I was feeling into her story. It was about identity. Who am I? Where am I going? So by the end of the story, Holly had found her way and I had this book deal. My life was certainly changed.
“I had to obviously revisit the book right before writing Postscript and really remind myself of what the story was and who the characters were. A lot of the reading was done behind my fingers, hiding. If I was to write it again, I wouldn’t write it in the same way, but I also wouldn’t write it as well, because that’s where I was emotionally at the time. Everyone used to ask me how I wrote something like that so young. And I would think the same! How did I write this at 21? Going back to the book was like reading an old diary. A mixture of pride and cringe.”
Ahern, the mediagenic 22-year-old daughter of Ireland's prime minister, debuts with a sweet, sentimental tale of a young widow's trials and triumphs in the year after her husband's death. Soul mates Holly and Gerry married in their early 20s; when Gerry dies of brain cancer at 30, Holly is utterly bereft. But Gerry has a final gift: a series of letters, which Holly is to open on the first of each month from March to New Year's, and which will guide her on her journey from grief. Gerry correctly predicts that Holly will not have gone through his belongings by June, found a new job by September or considered falling in love again by December, but with his posthumous epistolary encouragement she does all those things. She also enters a karaoke contest, takes a beach vacation and dances at a holiday ball she'd always attended with Gerry. The months pass as close friends help prop Holly up; around her, a marriage falls apart, a couple gets engaged and a friend announces her pregnancy. Within her tight-knit family, Holly's youngest brother makes a revealing film of her birthday party, her elder brothers change places in her allegiance and her parents take in one stray grown child after another for stays short and long. Ahern's speed (she wrote the book in three months) and her youth do show the wisdom in evidence owes much to Nicholas Sparks and Sophie Kinsella and her prose is pedestrian. She boasts a natural storytelling talent, however, resulting in a compelling tale sparked by an unusual premise.
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PS. I love this book!
Amazing amazing amazing! I can NOT stop reading this, and when it's time to eat, I'm still reading! A MUST READ!!
Predictable the whole way through
To be fair I got this audiobook free with The Daily Mail. I would never have purchased it because I don’t like love stories, and regrettably this one did not change my mind. It was utterly predictable the whole way through. I’m afraid I am biased because I think the romance genre is just drivel. I didn’t enjoy the book.
I saw the film version way before I read the book and the book is just as good. Lovely but sad story that had me hooked. Definitely in my top 5