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Summary

The beautiful second novel by the author of A Boy Made of Blocks.

Magical, heartbreaking, beautiful - Days of Wonder reminds us that stories have the power to save lives.

Tom, single father to Hannah, is the manager of a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and its colourful cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl, a moment of magic to make her childhood unforgettable.

But there is another reason behind these annual shows: the very first production followed Hannah's diagnosis with a heart condition that both of them know will end her life early. And now, with Hannah a funny, tough girl of 15 on the brink of adulthood, that time is coming. 

With the theatre under threat of closure, Hannah and Tom have more than one fight on their hands to stop the stories ending. But maybe, just maybe, one final day of magic might just save them both.

A tale about growing up, the beauty of a special bond between father and daughter, and finding magic in everyday life, Days of Wonder is the most moving novel you'll read all year.

©2018 Keith Stuart (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Fans of Jojo Moyes' Me Before You will love Days of Wonder. Made me laugh and cry in turn." (Good Housekeeping)

"Utterly enchanting...a truly beautiful story." (Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things)

"So powerful, yet incredibly gentle and poignant. Utterly and completely beautiful." (Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie)

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beautiful story

This is one of my new favourites. A really beautiful story. Kept me listening long after I should have turned it off! Magical! xxx

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Listened to half way but just bear the narration of the dad anymore. The story just seemed a bit flat and like so many other stories out there. I wanted to like it after reading the reviews but it just didn’t do anything for me. What a shame.