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Nothing Else

The exquisitely moving novel that EVERYONE is talking about…

Published by Orenda Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

A professional pianist searches for her sister, who disappeared when their parents died, aided by her childhood-care records and a single song that continues to haunt her … the exquisite new novel from the author of This Is How We Are Human

‘Utterly beautiful … I couldn’t put it down’ Iona Gray

‘Louise Beech has a rare talent … she doesn’t just move the reader, she breaks their heart and mends it again’ Fiona Cummins

‘The best one yet … I’m still in tears of heartbreak and joy’ S E Lynes

'Like the notes of a nocturne, Nothing Else will leave you profoundly touched by its beauty' Nydia Hetherington


Heather Harris is a piano teacher and professional musician, whose quiet life revolves around music, whose memories centre on a single song that haunts her. A song she longs to perform again. A song she wrote as a child, to drown out the violence in their home. A song she played with her little sister, Harriet.

But Harriet is gone … she disappeared when their parents died, and Heather never saw her again.

When Heather is offered an opportunity to play piano on a cruise ship, she leaps at the chance. She’ll read her recently released childhood care records by day – searching for clues to her sister’s disappearance – and play piano by night … coming to terms with the truth about a past she’s done everything to forget.

An exquisitely moving novel about surviving devastating trauma, about the unbreakable bond between sisters, Nothing Else is also a story of courage and love, and the power of music to transcend – and change – everything.


‘One of the best writers of her generation’ John Marrs

‘A story of childhood trauma, survival, the fragility of memory, and of love that survives decades … I loved it’ Gill Paul

‘A touching, beautifully written work of literary fiction ... pure perfection’ Michael Wood

'A beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting novel' Vikki Patis

‘Another brilliant tale of love and hope’ Fionnuala Kearney

'Powerful, mesmerising and honest … I loved every word' Carol Lovekin

‘A tender and beautiful story about the loving and unbreakable bond between sisters’ Madeleine Black

‘Wonderful prose’ Shelley’s Book Nook

‘Emotional, poignant, delightful’ Bobs and Books

‘A masterpiece of emotional artistry, as spectacularly tender as it is disquieting, this book will stay with you long after you finish it’ Bookly Matters

‘This is another beautiful, lyrically written story, made even more perfect with the musical themes throughout’ Karen Reads

‘Beautifully written, in that style that is so typical of this author, and which never fails to draw its reader in’ From Belgium with Booklove

‘Madame Beech has done it again ... both touching and heartbreaking’
Mrs Loves To Read

‘This is such a beautiful book – incredibly tender, it’s like an extended piece of the most beautiful classical music you ever heard’ Tea Leaves and Reads

‘This is a story, at its root, of love and loss, and lost time, but one that testifies to the power of truth and the endurance of love … her best yet’
Blue Book Balloon

About The Author

Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The follow-up, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a 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:

Product Details

  • Publisher: Orenda Books (June 23, 2022)
  • Length: 276 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781914585166

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