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A Year of Marvellous Ways - Sarah Winman

A Year of Marvellous Ways

Paperback Published: 8th March 2016
ISBN: 9780755390939
Number Of Pages: 320

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A Year of Marvellous Ways is the unforgettable and completely captivating new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT. Marvellous Ways is eighty-nine years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. Lately she's taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She's waiting for something - she's not sure what, but she'll know it when she sees it.

Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the Second World War. When his promise to fulfil a dying man's last wish sees him wash up in Marvellous' creek, broken in body and spirit, the old woman comes to his aid. A Year of Marvellous Ways is a glorious life-affirming story about the magic in everyday life and the pull of the sea, the healing powers of storytelling and sloe gin, love and death and how we carry on when grief comes snapping at our heels.

About the Author

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 Was A Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways.

Industry Reviews

...there is no denying the attractions of Winman's densely poetic prose style, nor the enigmatic rhapsodies it conjures. - Sydney Morning Herald

I am hooked, like Drake, lulled by the ebb and flow of the creek. - The Daily Telegraph, Sydney

Beautiful prose that ebbs and flows - Independent

Winman excels in her sweeping prose and her unwavering theme of love in all its forms - Stylist

One to read slowly so you can savour every beautiful sentence - Good Housekeeping (Book of the Month)

A truly enchanting book - Irish Times

This book is love


This book is like a hug from a treasured love one. It's retiring home. This book is art. It's an expression of deep love and knowing. The story is why we all matter why we all belong why we are the same on our hearts. I

Adelaide SA


poetic, quirky, magical.


about the healing powers of story telling. a gorgeous poem of a novel about an 89 yo woman called Marvellous Ways from Cornwall and Francis Drake a young soldier who washes up there reeling from the war and broken hearted. about the magic in everyday life and how we carry on when grief comes calling. a heart warming and deeply moving tale.

tweed valley nsw australia


What a Story Teller!


Do not rush this book. It was so imaginatively and beautifully written I didn't care how it ended. I didn't want it to end. I often say about a book enjoyed, I'll read that again but a new book soon buts in. I started reading it again as soon as I finished it. Have recommended it others to one person who has never read a book (yep, they walk amongst us). Their opinion? What one next? Made me smile, sad, laugh and thoughtful. Ticked all the boxes.

Brisbane Qld Australia


A Year of Marvellous Ways

4.7 3


ISBN: 9780755390939
ISBN-10: 0755390938
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 8th March 2016
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1