*** The wonderful new novel from the acclaimed author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton ***
‘Incredibly moving and atmospheric, beautiful and complex’ Beth O'Leary 'This beautifully written novel is not only absorbing and original, it will challenge preconceptions in the very best way' Katie Fforde 'A perfectly crafted novel: beautifully written, insightful and tender – it’s simply stunning’ Fionnuala Kearney 'Such a beautifully written and engrossing novel’ Jacqueline Ward 'Riddled with secrets and lies, the love story shines like a beacon in the darkness and gripped me utterly . . . Superb!' Kate Furnivall 'Utterly enchanting' Heidi Swain
One summer. One house. One family learning to love again.
Cate Morris and her son, Leo, are homeless, adrift. They’ve packed up the boxes from their London home, said goodbye to friends and colleagues, and now they are on their way to ‘Hatters Museum of the Wide Wide World – to stay just for the summer. Cate doesn’t want to be there, in Richard’s family home without Richard to guide her any more. And she knows for sure that Araminta, the retainer of the collection of dusty objects and stuffed animals, has taken against them. But they have nowhere else to go. They have to make the best of it.
But Richard hasn’t told Cate the truth about his family’s history. And something about the house starts to work its way under her skin. Can she really walk away, once she knows the truth?
Praise for Anstey Harris 'Glorious on so many levels' A J Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird '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 ‘An indulgently emotional and beautifully written story about new starts' Daily Mail 'Brilliantly and movingly written' Dorothy Koomson 'A beautifully tender portrait of the complexity of love, the depths of loneliness and the healing power of friendship' heat 'A gorgeously written, heartfelt tale about love and loss' Good Housekeeping 'Impressively powerful' Claire Frost, Fabulous Magazine 'As elegant and uplifting as a classical sonata, with added kick from its unforgettably quirky characters. I was both engrossed in and moved by this fabulous debut' Catherine Isaac, author of R&J Book Club pick You Me Everything 'A moving, beautifully written, uplifting debut about mending broken hearts through friendship. The twists and turns make it impossible to put down' Sarah J. Harris 'What a total joy!' Fanny Blake ‘This book was so different from anything I’ve read before… it was beautiful, uplifting and really taught me a thing or two … The characters are diverse, the setting beautiful and the subject matter unique’ Fabulous Book Fiend 'An absolutely beautiful read' Heidi Swain 'I adored this book! Exquisitely crafted, it’s a compassionate, heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting tale. An absolute triumph' Fionnuala Kearney
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.
‘Last but no means least is the beautiful second book from Anstey Harris . . . a perfectly crafted novel: beautifully written, insightful and tender – it’s simply stunning’
– Fionnuala Kearney
‘Such a beautifully written and engrossing novel. I felt I knew Cate and Leo as friends at the end of it. I will miss them’
– Jacqueline Ward
'Magical. Moving. Mesmerising. Anstey Harris has done it again. A book as rare and exquisite as the objects in Hatters museum. Complex and compelling. Riddled with secrets and lies, the love story shines like a beacon in the darkness and gripped me utterly. I could not look away for a moment. Superb!'
– Kate Furnivall
‘This beautifully written novel is not only absorbing and original, it will challenge preconceptions in the very best way'
– Katie Fforde
– Heidi Swain
'An incredibly moving and atmospheric novel, as beautiful and complex and curious as the museum in which it is set'
– Beth O'Leary
'Having adored Anstey Harris’s first novel, I started this one with a mix of anticipation and trepidation. It couldn’t possibly be as good as The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton, but I hoped I would like it anyway. I was soon drawn in, as I knew I would be, by Anstey’s assured and elegant writing. Gradually, the little hooks drew me in further, and before I knew it, I was thoroughly immersed in this mesmerising story of love, loss and friendship, set against a fascinating and unusual backdrop which is very much part of the clever plot. I loved these characters, especially Leo and Araminta, and I was completely swept along by the wonderful storytelling. This is an emotional story, heartbreaking in places, but joyful and uplifting in others. And what a great ending!'
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