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.
When God was a Rabbit was her debut novel and was published by Headline in March 2011. It was number 5 in the Sunday Times Bestseller List and winner of 2011 Newton First Book Award. It was also a lead title in Richard and Judy’s summer Book Club and one of the titles in the Waterstones 11 list, the pick of debut novels in 2011.
When God Was a Rabbit has currently been sold in a total of twenty two territories, sixteen European, as well as in the US (Bloomsbury US), China, Indonesia, Brazil, Korea and Israel.
A Year of Marvellous Ways is out this June from Headline.
When God Was A Rabbit is an incredibly exciting debut from an extraordinary new voice in fiction.
Spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards, this is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. It is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it’s about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.
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When God Was a Rabbit is the story of a memorable young heroine, Elly, and her loss of innocence; a magical portrait of the pull and power of family ties, of loss and life. From Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, from 1968 to the events of 9/11, When God Was a Rabbit follows the evolving bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother, Joe, and her increasing concern for her best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. Funny, quirky, utterly compelling, and poignant, too,When God Was a Rabbit heralds the start of a remarkable new literary career.
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Cornwall, 1947. Marvellous Ways is a ninety-year-old woman who’s lived alone in a remote creek for nearly all her life. Recently 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 war. He’s agreed to fulfil a dying man’s last wish and hand-deliver a letter to the man’s father in Cornwall. But Drake’s journey doesn’t go to plan, and sees him literally wash up in Marvellous’ creek, broken in body and spirit. When Marvellous comes to his aid, an unlikely friendship grows between the two. Can Drake give Marvellous what she needs to say goodbye to the world, and can she give him what he needs to go on?
Publisher: Tinder Press
Publication date: 18th June 2015
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