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Seven Days of Us

Narrated by: Jilly Bond
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Summary

The joyful, sharply observed and life-affirming Christmas story for fans of One Day. Also a Radio 2 Bookclub pick. 

It's Christmas and for one whole week the Birch family is gathering under one roof.

Olivia, the eldest daughter, has returned from treating an epidemic abroad and must go into quarantine for seven days.

Her mother says it's the perfect opportunity to spend some 'quality time' together.

Her younger sister wholeheartedly disagrees.

Her father isn't allowed an opinion - but is determined to offer one anyway.

When no one can leave the house, and no one can enter, life for the Birches feels like an eternity.

Especially when they're all harbouring secrets.

One of whom is about to come knocking at their door....

©2017 Francesca Hornak (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

Critic reviews

"Loved it! Warm and humane, funny and sad, with a great, twisty plot, Seven Days of Us is absolute pleasure reading from beginning to end. Francesca Hornak is a true talent. Just gorgeous!" (Marian Keyes)

"One of the best books of the year." (Hello!)

"I loved this comic drama...the plot is genius...and the results are hilarious and touching." (Daily Mail)

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Let down by poor narration

After reading rave reviews about this debut novel I was really looking forward to listening to it. Unfortunately I was unable to finish it as it is let down by very poor narration. The characters are portrayed as very self entitled and I had little empathy for them or interest in the story.

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Depressingly plot, depressingly badly written

A truly unbelievable plot, with misery layered on suffering (much of it mine). Badly written happy books are tolerable, well written sad books are illuminating. This is neither. One dimensional characters, none of whom it is possible to empathise with, trapped in a house under threat of a deadly virus. The best hope would be to brick the house up and move on.

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Disappointing mishap

I did not like this book at all. Predictable with flat characters and not read very well.
Better read: A proper familiy christmas by Jane Gordon-Cummings ,very well read bij Sara Coward. A book you can read again and again and discover new things in. Entertaining and funny! .

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Such a brilliant story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I had a slow start with it and had to go back to it to properly enjoy it but it was well worth it!

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sweet

This is just a lovely listen. A book that doesn't require thought. I just really enjoyed this book.