A box of possessions. A father with no memory. A daughter with just one day to piece together the past.
When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s belongings, her seemingly uneventful life suddenly alters and shifts.
In the single day she has to search for answers about the man she thought she knew, a man who can no longer remember his own story, Sabrina uncovers far bigger secrets than she could have imagined. And discovers that sometimes it’s the people closest to us that we know the least.
‘Cleverly constructed, full of flavour and moving’ Daily Mail
‘An illuminating and touching father/daughter story about memory, childhood and secrets’ Woman & Home
‘Beautiful and unexpected … both thought-provoking and life-affirming’ Sunday Express
‘Intricate and emotional … really completely lovely’ Grazia
‘Brilliant characters, piles of pathos and intrigue…quite simply fantastic’ Heat
‘Both moving and thought-provoking’ Irish Independent
‘A must read’ Marie Claire
‘Enchanting’ Good Housekeeping
‘Really touching, quite, quite beautiful’ Lovereading.co.uk
‘A unique read’ Closer
‘Another hit!’ Essentials
Praise for Cecelia Ahern:
‘A wry, dark drama’ Daily Mail
‘Ahern cleverly and thoughtfully turns the tables, providing thought-provoking life lessons.’ Sunday Express
‘An unusual and satisfying novel’ Woman
‘Life-affirming, warm and wise’ Good Housekeeping
‘Cecelia Ahern is an undisputed master when it comes to writing about relationships…Moving, real and exquisitely crafted.’ Heat
About the author
Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-four million copies of her novels worldwide. 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. The Marble Collector is her twelfth novel.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Cecelia Ahern’s Inside Story: “I loved the whole experience of writing this book. I loved the character I created—a man in his 60s—as his voice was so different to anything I’d written before. It was a father-daughter story and very unique and original compared to anything I had done.
“I got trapped in the story and learned so much about marbles! I spent time with a glass sculptor who showed me how to make them and just got lost in another world.
“It’s one of those stories that a lot of men tell me they’ve read. It was a bit of a game-changer for me in that the cover wasn’t particularly feminine, which I was really happy about. It was just something very unisex that everyone could buy into. Some people think I just write smoochy-woochy love stories.
“I also had to rewrite half of it. The original version was very weird and I remember telling my husband that I knew the publishers were going to hate it. And I was half-right. My editor came back and said, ‘We love half of it’. Funnily enough, they loved the father’s story, but not the daughter’s—despite her being my age. I was just so into the father’s side here.”
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This is a lovely story, so full of personality happiness sadness and joy. A pleasure to read.