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Summary

Akin is a tender tale of love, loss and family, from Emma Donoghue, the international best-selling author of Room.

Noah is only days away from his first trip back to Nice since he was a child when a social worker calls looking for a temporary home for Michael, his 11-year-old great-nephew. Though he has never met the boy, he gets talked into taking him along to France. 

This odd couple, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, argue about everything from steak haché to screen time, and the trip is looking like a disaster. But as Michael's sharp eye and ease with tech help Noah unearth troubling details about their family’s past, both come to grasp the risks that loved ones take for one another and find they are more akin than they knew. 

Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room a huge best seller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a young boy who unpick their painful stories and embark on writing a new one together.

©2019 Emma Donoghue (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Funny book with a different storyline

I really enjoyed this book a different slant on the usual present day harking back to ww2. The addition of the mouthy kid provided humour and a balance to the much older mans perspective. Would def recommend.

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Wonderfully Narrated

Wonderful story, brought to life by the wonderful narrator. My book club pick and one of my favorites so far this year.

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Lovely and interesting

I really enjoyed both the story and the narration. Life told from the perspective of a 79 year old man, who suddenly gets landed with his challenging 11 year old great nephew. set mainly in Nice, which already is exciting to hear about, but mixed in is a fascinating substory of Nice during the war and photography. Highly recommend.

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Akin - a wonderful read

A wonderful uplifting gem
of a read .... having read, and been mesmerised by her book 'The Room' I was expecting an uncomfortable read but this was delightful and fascinating. Evocative and life affirming. Thank you Emma Donoghue.

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loved it

wonderful story and be very moving, really loved both the main characters and the narration was perfect and just how I would imagine Noah's voice to be.

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Fantastic narrator

Jason Culp's voice truly enhanced this book for me. His old-man, young-boy voices :are superb.

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Perfection

A wonderful painting of childhood, history and the wisdom of age. Beautifully read so that I was never jarred by either the old man or the young boys words. The ending was sublime. HIGHLY recommended

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Enjoy!

Loved it. So insightful, taking you totally inside the head of an 80 year old man and through him getting to know and love a truculent 11 year old boy. Set in New York and Nice with a page turning background story, it’s such a lovely and intriguing listen. The narration is perfect. What is it about Emma Donoghue? Her lightness of touch with plot and characterisations, you just can’t help loving the characters and you never feel manipulated by the plots, what a gift!

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This is a great tale

This book is a brilliant picture of both the struggles in wartime France and modern America. Both regimes left Children vulnerable and showed the best that it could elucidate. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.

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Excellent

I really enjoyed this book
Such a lovely description of how the elderly grand uncle came to understand and appreciate this boy who had none of the social graces but just a brilliant range of expressions and emotions , and really ended up teaching us all how to understand
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