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The End of Loneliness

Narrated by: Luke Thompson
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

The international best seller, translated by the award-winning translator of The Tobacconist, Charlotte Collins 

Winner of the 2016 European Union Prize for Literature 

Translated by the award-winning translator of The Tobacconist, Charlotte Collins. 

I've known Death a long time, but now Death knows me.  

When their idyllic childhood is shattered by the sudden death of their parents, siblings Marty, Liz and Jules are sent to a bleak state boarding school. Once there, the orphans' lives change tracks: Marty throws himself into academic life; Liz is drawn to dark forms of escapism; and Jules transforms from a vivacious child to a withdrawn teenager. 

The only one who can bring him out of his shell is his mysterious classmate Alva, who hides a dark past of her own, but despite their obvious love for one another, the two leave school on separate paths. 

Years later, just as it seems that they can make amends for time wasted, the past catches up with them, and fate - or chance - will once again alter the course of a life. 

Told through the fractured lives of the siblings, The End of Loneliness is a heartfelt, enriching novel about loss and loneliness, family and love. 

©2016 Diogenes Verlag AG (P)2018 Hodder Headline Limited

Critic reviews

"Dazzling." (John Irving)

"A superbly insightful story." (BookRiot)

"This novel has been rightfully described as something of a masterpiece. One thing is for sure - it is not easily forgotten. Heartfelt and enriching." (Sunday Post)

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powerful book

An amazing story of life. There were a lot of sadness and reality.
hardly recommend to read and find some feelings of other side of view

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nice book

l enjoyed the meaningful moments with this book and there were many. I captured and understood the feelings of the author and enjoyed it, just wished there was a little bit more depth at the end.

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Life, love, loneliness and friendship

This is an absolutely fabulous book and a marvellous presentation which does it full justice. I read c one book a week, and this will be a standout across many years. It works in so many, multi-layered levels, teaching so much in a non-teachy way. Moments of true sorrow and hardship, yet a journey of realisation and love. Hard to give it due credit in my own, faltering words. Brilliant, and a great example of how great books can enhance so much of our lives.

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Didn’t want it to end

Loved this story. Beautifully narrated. Perfectly constructed, paced and described. Didn’t want it to end.

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  • Fleure
  • 30-01-19

Incredible!

So real in every way. Loved it and how it made me think. Read it.

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  • Daniel A. Martinage
  • 19-05-19

Thought Provoking

Not my usual book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It made me think a lot about relationships overall and family ties specifically. A sad book with a great deal of wisdom about life threaded throughout the book. It's a book that I imagine reading at another time in my life.