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Summary

Life is in two parts: who you were before you met her and who you are after.

A documentary crew discover a mysterious young woman living alone in the mountains of West Cork. Strikingly beautiful, she has an extraordinary talent for mimicry, like the famous Australian lyrebird.

The crew, fascinated, make her the subject of their story and bestow the nickname upon her. When they leave they take Lyrebird with them back to the city. But as she leaves behind her peaceful life to learn about a new world, is she also leaving behind a part of herself?

For her new friend, Solomon, the answer isn't clear. When you find a rare and precious thing, should you share it - or protect it?

An intriguing and remarkable love story, Lyrebird will cement Cecelia Ahern's reputation as a writer of extraordinary talent.

©2016 Cecelia Ahern (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

Praise for Cecelia Ahern:
"Cleverly constructed, full of flavour and moving." ( Daily Mail)
"An illuminating and touching father/daughter story about memory, childhood and secrets." ( Woman & Home)
"Beautiful and unexpected...both thought-provoking and life-affirming." ( Sunday Express)
"Intricate and emotional...really completely lovely." ( Grazia)
"Brilliant characters, piles of pathos and intrigue...quite simply fantastic." ( Heat)
"Both moving and thought-provoking." ( Irish Independent)
"A must read." ( Marie Claire)
"Enchanting." ( Good Housekeeping)
"Really touching, quite, quite beautiful." (Lovereading.co.uk)
"A unique read." ( Closer)
"Another hit!" ( Essentials)
"A wry, dark drama." ( Daily Mail)
"Ahern cleverly and thoughtfully turns the tables, providing thought-provoking life lessons." ( Sunday Express)
"An unusual and satisfying novel." ( Woman)
"Life-affirming, warm and wise." ( Good Housekeeping)
"Cecelia Ahern is an undisputed master when it comes to writing about relationships.... Moving, real and exquisitely crafted." ( Heat)

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Lyrebird

I have loved Ahern's books in the past so I thought I would give this book a go. The narrator was great at bringing the characters to life and I felt like I was there with Laura as she met and went through a whirlwind. I will recommend it to fans of Ahern.

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Easy listening and enjoyable story

The story is a tad predictable but I still enjoyed it . I wanted to listen every day

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Brilliant

My first Audible book and I was not disappointed. Kept me company on my long car journeys. The Narrartor was brillant.

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Interesting, wonderful, loved it!

I truly felt that I was immersed in the story and felt all the characters to be so real! It was so well written that I just couldn't stop listening! Aoife's narration was superb! How she can do so many different voices and accents amazed me and when she sang Gaga's song it brought a tear to my eye. Highly, HIGHLY recommend!!!

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Enjoyed.

A good listen especially for fans of this author. A good listen, great performance by
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  • 03-11-17

beautiful story again by Cecelia.<br />

Love Cecelia and this is no different. loving told by Aoife, beautiful accents, you can tell the difference in characters by the voice she makes for each. Not just a boring monotonous voice, Aofie uses her charm and knowledge of the characters to deliver a beautiful story.

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Loved it!!

I loved everything about this book. The story was spellbinding & it was narrated beautifully.
My new favorite book!

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Love to listen all over again!

I am a big fan of Cecilia Ahern but this is the first book I have listened to. It was breath taking. I just didn't want it to end! Magical. Mysterious. Superb.

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Difficult to identify with the characters

I struggled to last the whole story. *spoiler* I found it hard to identify with the lead characters, lyrebird was quite boring and repetitive. The main issue for me could stem from the fact I'd been cheated on in a similar way, so I couldn't be sympathetic with their secret love as it was quite harsh in my opinion. The whole TV side of Lyrebird's story was long and drawn out... I usually love Cecilia's books so I feel bad saying this

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good book=

I liked the accents, it helped distinguish one character from the other. The storyline was enticing, and I'll admit I almost cried but shhh no one believes that really. I was a bit disappointed because I never found out why she developed the talent, the reason for it's existence, which as, a curious person, annoyed me immensely. It's ok, the story was still good and I look forwards to another book!