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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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Moving and gripping

While the ending is a little bit predictable, the arc of the narrative is wonderful. At times, the protagonist is unfuriatingly dim, bur he has such humanity and humour...I really enjoyed this.

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A very different book

Lovely to listen to a very different, and original, story. Well narrated and characterised, the story held ones interest throughout. With some historical interest included, Akin, like Room, holds the listener throughout. Thought provoking, tender, and humorous throughout.

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beautiful

I couldn't put this down. Such a gentle yet powerful book where the characters are totally believable, I was sad to say goodbye to them!
the descriptions of Nice made it come alive in both Noah and Michael's eyes.
definitely one to recommend.

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Short but very very sweet. Really enjoyed it. Very different to her others I thought.

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Lovely inter-generational story very well narrated. Enjoyed the historical element too. Highly recommend to all.

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wonderful

i loved 'room' and was swayed by the reviews to try this. it's a very sweet story and I was gripped. very funny in places, insightful and poignant. it was also beautifully read.

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Loved it

I loved every minute of listening to this book and performance. Interesting and uplifting. One of my favourites.