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A Million Things

Emily Spurr



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Text Publishing Company
30 March 2021
Get ready to 'ugly cry'. Fall in love with this heart-wrenching underdog story about grief, friendship and sticking up for yourself.

Rae is ten years old, and she's tough. She's had to be - life with her mother has taught her the world is not her friend. Now suddenly her mum is gone and Rae is alone, except for her dog Splinter.

Rae can do a lot of things pretty well for a kid. She can take care of herself and Splints, stay under the radar at school and keep the front yard neat enough that the neighbours won't get curious. But she is gnawed at by fear and sadness; haunted by the shadow of a terrible secret.

Lettie, who lives next door, might know more about Rae than she lets on. But she has her own reasons for keeping the world at arm's length. When Rae finds out what they are, it seems like she and Lettie could help each other.

But how long can a friendship last when it's based on secrets?

Tender, funny, heartbreaking-A Million Things is a story of grief and resilience, told with eloquent simplicity. In brave, spiky Rae, Emily Spurr has created a character you will never forget.

By:   Emily Spurr
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   388g
ISBN:   9781922330505
ISBN 10:   1922330507
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   30 March 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born in Tasmania, Emily lives in Melbourne with her partner, their twin sons and a deaf, geriatric cat. Shortlisted for the prestigious Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Prize, A Million Things is her first novel.

Reviews for A Million Things

'Poignant, uplifting and beautifully written.' * Catherine Jinks * 'Direct, assured writing, hard-hitting emotion and a wonderful sense of optimism. A Million Things is a debut to treasure, with characters whose dignity shines through their struggles.' * Jock Serong * 'An original and impressively assured debut. A gem of a novel.' * Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of the Rosie trilogy * 'Beautifully written, equally heartwarming and heart-wrenching novel about family, friendship, love and resilience...An absorbing, wonderful read that showcases the importance of having even one special person to turn to and unconditional love. Keep the tissues close by.' * Herald Sun * 'An enthralling, devastating debut...A Million Things is a shattering novel that perfectly captures the fractured moments between loss and letting go; between childhood and growing up, in which anything could change once the pieces fall.' * Readings * 'Really good. There are moments in the book where your heart stops.' * Newstalk ZB * 'It is not hard to see why A Million Things was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award Unpublished Manuscript Prize last year. Spurr is a subtle writer, and though she writes genuinely dramatic incidents, the story is not overblown, and actions and reactions are written with a light touch...Spurr does a deft job of showing that people can surprise in good ways as well as bad.' * Weekend Australian * 'For book clubs who know honest friendship is the light in darkness.' * Readings * 'A powerful and challenging read from a new writer to watch.' * Big Issue * 'A remarkable book: beautifully written, tender, loving, humorous; heart-breaking, but all those other things as well-which is what we all love to read in the best of fiction.' * RN Bookshelf * 'Rae's plucky perspective prevents the story from descending into pity-porn territory - despite the tragic backdrop - and there are moments in which the reader will laugh out loud. However, anyone who has experienced grief is likely to cry at least once before the covers close on this story.' * ArtsHub *

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