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When God was a Rabbit
Sarah Winman

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Jul 01, 2011
Imprint : Headline Review
Page Extent : 352
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780755379309
Price : 499

About the book

WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT is the complete package: both hilarious in parts and devastatingly moving in others, this book will make you laugh and cry. It has everything you could want from this kind of fiction

Sarah's writing has echoes of Kate Atkinson, Barbara Trapido and Patrick Gale, but she has a gloriously unique voice of her own

Books like this don't come along very often and we will be publishing it at the very highest level. We will build a cohensive word-of-mouth campaign, starting with the distribution of thousands of proofs across the trade and media

Sarah is tremendously promotable and through her acting and screenwriting background has great contacts in TV and film

Foreign rights already sold in America, Holland, france, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Israel, China, Spain

'Absolutely brilliant. Loved it so much. Up there with One Day and Skippy Dies in my 2010 faves.' (Graeme Neill, The Bookseller); 'Bloody excellent book - the sort of thing Brit writers don't do very often - not so well, anyway. Kind of like a Brit John Irving.' (David Barnett, Guardian); 'This is a stunning book, absolutely beautiful. There are very few books which come along and make you feel changed from the person who first started to read, but this is definitely one of them.' (Matthew Watterson, Asda); 'I am truly loving it, this is definitely one of those books I will be insisting everyone reads. It is so beautifully written...can't wait to get home to finish it.' (Helen Brennan, Amazon); 'A fantastic novel; sensitive and heartbreaking it shows a tender portrayal of familial love and friendship but also contains an optimism I found genuinely warming. A riveting read.' (Nicola Budd, Daunts Bookshop)

1968. The year Paris takes to the streets. The year Martin Luther King loses his life for a dream. The year Eleanor Maud Portman is born.

Young Elly's world is shaped by those who inhabit it: her loving but maddeningly distractible parents; a best friend who smells of chips and knows exotic words like 'slag'; an ageing fop who tapdances his way into her home, a Shirley Bassey impersonator who trails close behind; lastly, of course, a rabbit called God. In a childhood peppered with moments both ordinary and extraordinary, Elly's one constant is her brother Joe.

Twenty years on, Elly and Joe are fully grown and as close as they ever were. Until, that is, one bright morning when a single, earth-shattering event threatens to destroy their bond forever.

Spanning four decades and moving between suburban Essex, the wild coast of Cornwall and the streets of New York, this is a story about childhood, eccentricity, the darker side of love and sex, the pull and power of family ties, loss and life. More than anything, it's a story about love in all its forms.


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'It's rare to find a novel you're recommending to friends, family and colleagues by page 60 but When God Was A Rabbit is just that kind of book... it's funny (embarrassingly so on public transport), recognizably true and heart-breaking in equal measure... A truly great book to lose yourself in; prepare to bore everyone else around you by telling them just how much they need to read it'

'Mesmerising'

'In the way that David Nicholls' ONE DAY follows two people through their lives, this traces a family story over four decades in the most unexpected way'

'A genuinely captivating read'

'A story of siblings, friendship, secrets and love, told with sadness and humour'

'At times laugh-out-loud funny, at others gut-wrenchingly sad, the book is peppered with unique and complex characters who are so original, well-observed and believable that you'll be completely absorbed into their world'

     
Sarah Winman
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 two novels, WHEN GOD...(+)
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