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Sarah Winman
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When God Was a Rabbit

Sarah Winman


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Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


352 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- One of the very best contemporary novels you'll read. A wonderful novel about what constitutes family - love - friendship. Often funny, sometimes deeply sad but always beautifully done. Lindy


This is a book about a brother and a sister. It's a book about secrets and starting over, friendship and family, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a book about love in all its forms. In a remarkably honest and confident voice, Sarah Winman has written the story of a memorable young heroine, Elly, and her loss of innocence-a magical portrait of growing up and the pull and power of family ties. 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 an unusual best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. With its wit and humor, engaging characters whose eccentricities are adroitly and sometimes darkly drawn, and its themes of memory and identity,  When God Was a Rabbit  is a love letter to true friendship and fraternal love. Funny, utterly compelling, fully of sparkle, and poignant, too,  When God Was a Rabbit  heralds the start of a remarkable new literary career.

By:   Sarah Winman
Imprint:   Headline Review
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 132mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   242g
ISBN:   9780755379309
ISBN 10:   0755379306
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   November 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah Winman grew up in Essex. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT is her first novel. She lives in London.

'Gloriously offbeat... Winman's narrative voice is beautifully true, with a child's unsentimental clarity. A superb debut' The Times 'Beguiling... you can't quite get the voice out of your head' Daily Mail 'Captivating... rendered with an appealing frankness, precision and emotional acuity' Observer 'Thronging with incident, wonder and outre language... sharply funny, whimsical and innovative' The Guardian

  • Short-listed for Galaxy National Book Awards: WH Smith Paperback of the Year 2011
  • Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards: WH Smith Paperback of the Year 2011.
  • Winner of Galaxy National Book Awards: Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2011
  • Winner of Galaxy National Book Awards: Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2011.
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