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Summary

Dear Reader is a moving, funny and joyous exploration of how books can change the course of your life, packed with recommendations from one reader to another.

For as long as she can remember, Cathy Rentzenbrink has lost and found herself in stories. Growing up she was rarely seen without her nose in a book and read in secret long after lights out. When tragedy struck, books kept her afloat. Eventually they lit the way to a new path, first as a bookseller and then as a writer. No matter what the future holds, reading will always help.

From the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Last Act of Love.

©2020 Cathy Rentzenbrink (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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"I loved this book.... I’m so desperate for you all to share in its wonder." (Elizabeth Day)

"Dear Reader is a love letter to stories and reading...a book to cherish." (Nina Stibbe) 

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Interesting read.

This was an interesting book with a recommendation of other books to read I likedit.

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Loved it!

I devoured this in one sitting. I feared it might be a bit high brow but it’s relatable and tender, featuring much loved books, with so many of my favourites mentioned.

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Glorious! A celebration of books! An utter joy!

I listened to this very special book in a day. It was such a pleasure to share this reading journey with the very talented author. Written with humility and in perfect prose, I am enchanted. Cathy Rentzenbrink shares her life with the reader by focusing on the books that have impacted her life. So many books were mentioned. It was a delight to be able to recognise many of them in my own reading journey and others I have added on to my To Be Read list. I can't imagine anyone who loves books and reading not to adore this incredible book. As soon as I finished the Audible version I ordered the signed first edition. It will have a prominent position in my book case. I only hope to meet Cathy one day so that we could have a good chat about what we are reading.

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Charming, honest & heartfelt

Finished this almost in one sitting. Love Cathy’s take on life and how alongside her life story her passion for books evolves. Would highly recommend & I will definitely reread.

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Perfect Comfort Read for Readers Everywhere

Simply wonderful! This is like spending several hours with a friend telling you about what brought them to a love of reading, about their bookish career and the reads they have loved most. Reiterates how reading is good for the soul. I loved it and will be dipping back into those book recommendations.

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Delightful

what a wonderful listen. such a comforting read. its worth having a pen and paper handy if you are looking for book inspiration. Beautifully narrated by the author Cathy....thank you