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Past Secrets - Cathy Kelly

Paperback Published: 1st January 2009
ISBN: 9780007268658
Number Of Pages: 615

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The women of Summer Street have their fair share of secrets and soon learn that if you keep a secret too long it will creep out when you least expect it…

The warm and moving new novel from the No. 1 Bestselling author of Always and Forever.

Keep a secret too long and it will creep out when you least expect it…

Behind the shining windows and rose-bedecked gardens of Summer Street, there are lots of secrets. There’s the one that hard-working single mother, Faye, hides from her teenage daughter, Amber. And there’s the one that thirty-year-old Maggie hides from herself.

When fiery Amber decides to throw away her future for love, and when Maggie ends up back home looking after her sick mother, their secrets begin to bubble over.

The only person on Summer Street who appears to know all the answers is their friend Christie. Wise and kind, she can see into other people’s hearts to solve their problems. Except that this time, the secrets she’s hidden from her beloved husband and grown up sons suddenly reappear. When the past comes alive for Maggie, Faye and Christie, they finally have to face it.

'A tear-pricking writer, capable of making you care about her characters… a warm, moving read.' Daily Mai

'Bursting with emotion, heartache and dreams… realistic and likeable characters that meet life-changing events head on.' Ireland on Sunday

'Totally believable.'Rosamund Pilcher

'An absorbing, heart-warming tale.' Company

'Her skill at dealing with the complexities of modern life, marriage and families is put to good effect as she teases out the secrets of her characters.' Choice

Industry Reviews

'A tear-pricking writer, capable of making you care about her characters ... a warm, moving read' Daily Mail 'Bursting with emotion, heartache and dreams ... realistic and likeable characters that meet life-changing events head on' Ireland on Sunday 'Demonstrates her capacity to write observantly and kindly about women and their relationships, lit by occasional laugh-out-loud funny interludes' Irish Independent

ISBN: 9780007268658
ISBN-10: 0007268653
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 615
Published: 1st January 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 3.9
Weight (kg): 0.33

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Cathy Kelly

About the Author


Novelist Cathy Kelly was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, brought up in Dublin and started her working life as a journalist in an Irish national newspaper. She worked as both a news and feature reporter, and worked as the paper’s film critic for five years, as well as being the agony aunt for seven years.

Her first book, Woman To Woman, was published in 1997 and was an instant bestseller, spending eight weeks at number one on the Irish bestseller charts. Her subsequent novels have been number ones all around the world and are published in many different languages.

She’s just finished her eleventh novel, Once in a Lifetime, which was published in 2009. Cathy lives in Wicklow in Ireland with her partner, John, and their twin sons, Murray and Dylan.

In 2005, she was appointed as a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador. She’s since visited Mozambique and Rwanda as part of her work with UNICEF. Global Parenting – caring for children orphaned or affected by HIV/AIDS – is the main focus of her work with UNICEF.

In her novel, ‘Past Secrets’, Cathy highlighted the issue of HIV/AIDS and UNICEF’s work on the issue by including the following in the book’s afterword:

‘Every minutes of every day, a child under the age of 15 dies of an AIDS –related illness. If this book took you four days to read, 5,760 children will have died from AIDS during this time. Please support UNICEF’s ‘Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS’ campaign. You can help UNICEF help millions of children who are missing their childhoods because of HIV/AIDS.’

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