A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS is the much anticipated and utterly beguiling new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT
Sarah Winman grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. She has written three novels, WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT, A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS and TIN MAN.
A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS is like Dylan Thomas given a sexy rewrite by Angela Carter, it is by turns rhapsodic and elegiac, always unashamedly lyrical, yet there's enough pepper in its observations of love, loss and ageing to keep too much sweetness at bay. The rivery Cornish setting evokes an intense, Neverland nostalgia and envy in the reader. And, once again, Winman's central characters inspire up a powerful, playground yearning. These are people you want to love and protect and be claimed by, who live in a place where you want to move forthwith - Patrick GaleI loved it. Every line in the book is pure poetry and I found myself reading whole paragraphs again and again just to revel in the book's lyricism. Sarah Winman has created a protagonist in Marvellous Ways who's a wonderful combination of independence and vulnerability, and the sense of magic infused through the novel casts a spell over the reader that makes you not want to put the book down until you've turned the final page - Hannah Beckerman, author of THE DEAD WIFE S HANDBOOKA book to savour, to read in wonderful, rich little bits like dark chocolate. Winman's prose is poetry, with a rhythm, a heartbeat, that carries you through like music. The world she creates is wonderful-weird and I loved losing myself to it - Emma Hooper, author of ETTA AND OTTO AND RUSSELL AND JAMESPraise for WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT - :The novel's sense of heart and high weirdo count reminded me a bit of John lrving's THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP (swapping rabbits tor bears), though its strong connection with real-rife events make it a true original. - Jennifer Byrne for Australian Women's WeeklySweet, quirky and tear-inducing, this is testimony to the special bond between siblings. - Grazia, AustraliaWinman has an assured touch that rarely falters, whether drawing bleak tragedy or broad comedy. A very promising debut. - Who Weekly, AustraliaPerfectly captures the hazy, magical nature of youth and all its mysteries, against a backdrop of real-life events - Elle