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The List of Suspicious Things

Jennie Godfrey

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Hutchinson
13 February 2024
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A clever and moving debut perfect for fans of Elizabeth is Missing and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A BEST DEBUT OF 2024 BY BBC, RED, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

'Such a beautiful story about friendship, community and family and secrets and what's going on underneath' ZOE BALL

'To read it is to feel that little bit better about life' ELIZABETH DAY

'A touching paean to lost innocence and the comfort of friendships' THE TIMES

'A beautiful mystery with heart' ROB RINDER

'This is a heart-warming book' EMMA HEALEY

'A gorgeous, page-turning book' I PAPER

Yorkshire, 1979

Maggie Thatcher is prime minister, drainpipe jeans are in, and Miv is convinced that her dad wants to move their family Down South.

Because of the murders.

Leaving Yorkshire and her best friend Sharon simply isn't an option, no matter the dangers lurking round their way; or the strangeness at home that started the day Miv's mum stopped talking. Perhaps if she could solve the case of the disappearing women, they could stay after all?

So, Miv and Sharon decide to make a list- a list of all the suspicious people and things down their street. People they know. People they don't.

But their search for the truth reveals more secrets in their neighbourhood, within their families - and between each other - than they ever thought possible.

What if the real mystery Miv needs to solve is the one that lies much closer to home?

THE PERFECT DEBUT NOVEL TO DISCUSS IN BOOK CLUBS
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'Left a lump in my throat and a hole in my heart' 'A book I won't forget for a while' 'A beautiful and emotional debut that I know will stay with me for a long time' 'A superb look at childhood, at growing up, at starting to see the world around you'

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Imprint:   Hutchinson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   453g
ISBN:   9781529153309
ISBN 10:   1529153301
Pages:   528
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jennie Godfrey was born and raised in Yorkshire and the novel was partly inspired by her father having worked alongside Peter Sutcliffe, the man eventually charged with the crimes of the Yorkshire Ripper. She is a former HR director of a FTSE100 company who left her career to become a Waterstones bookseller and a writer. This is her first novel.

Reviews for The List of Suspicious Things

This is such a tender coming of age story with unforgettable characters. Exquisite storytelling that's full of heart -- Julie Owen-Moylan Absolutely loved it - it is so engrossing, utterly heart-breaking (made me cry!) but also redemptive and hopeful at the same time -- Sophie Hannah I am so sad it has ended because it is a GORGEOUS TRIUMPH. Jennie is an easy and natural storyteller. Beautifully crafted, moving, funny heart-warming, it has all the feels -- Georgina Moore Pretty sure this will be the book of 2024. Bring tissues -- Joanna Nadin The characters completely burrowed into my heart. It's a warm, funny, huge-hearted book without any twee - it's truthful, carrying a sadness too -- Chloe Timms


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