A Richard and Judy Book Club pick, set in Paris and Italy, The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is a beautiful and uplifting exploration of love, loss and hope
‘The real truth and triumph of this gem of a story is simple: it is one of the best and most gripping descriptions of heartbreak that either of us have ever read’ Richard and Judy’s review
Grace Atherton, a talented cellist, is in love with David. Together in their apartment in Paris, Grace and David are happy until an unexpected event changes everything.
Nadia is seventeen and furious. She knows that love will only let her down: if she is going to succeed it will be on her own terms.
At eighty-six Maurice Williams has discovered a lot about love in his long life, and even more about people. And yet he keeps secrets.
When Grace’s life falls apart in the most shocking of ways Maurice and Nadia come to her rescue, helping her to find happiness and hope through the healing power of friendship.
Praise for The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton
'Glorious on so many levels' A J Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird 'Lose yourself among beautiful symphonies, the romantic cities of Europe and quirky characters ... a triumph' Woman's Weekly 'A powerful and passionate novel, awash with heartbreak but still an uplifting tale of friendship and rebirth. Five stars' Daily Express 'Full of hope and charm' Libby Page, author of The Lido 'A hymn to friendship, to getting back up and finding happiness where none seemed possible' Katie Fforde
Anstey Harris teaches creative writing for Canterbury Christ Church University and in the community with her own company, Writing Matters. She has been featured in various literary magazines and anthologies, been shortlisted for many prizes, and won the H G Wells Short Story Award. Anstey lives in Kent, UK and is the mother of the singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan.
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