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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

An extraordinary friendship. A lifetime of stories. 

Their last one begins here.

Life is short - no one knows that better than 17-year-old Lenni Petterssen. On the Terminal Ward, the nurses are offering their condolences already, but Lenni still has plenty of living to do. 

When she meets 83-year-old Margot Macrae, a fellow patient offering new friendship and enviable artistic skills, Lenni's life begins to soar in ways she'd never imagined. 

As their bond deepens, a world of stories opens up: of wartime love and loss, of misunderstanding and reconciliation, of courage, kindness and joy.

Stories that have led Lenni and Margot to the end of their days.

Fiercely alive, disarmingly funny and brimming with tenderness, The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot unwraps the extraordinary gift of life even when it is about to be taken away and revels in our infinite capacity for friendship and love when we need it most.

©2021 Marianne Cronin (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Emotional, involving, witty and sad. All my favourite things. Everyone is going to love Lenni and Margot." (Jill Mansell)

"Full of wisdom and kindness. It is just the kind of book I adore." (Joanna Cannon)

"Touching and honest and funny. I completely and wholeheartedly fell for Lenni and Margot." (Nina Pottell)

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Devastating

Beautiful, compelling and poignant story of Lennie and Margot. The narration of both parts was perfect, I could not stop listening. The last few chapters made me cry out loud while out walking and listening with my ear pods in. I feel bereft now that I have finished it, of the book and the characters. So beautifully written and told and so desperately sad and uplifting all at once.

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Like wrapping up in a quilt of love and memory.

A beautiful story, read by two truly wonderful narrators. I haven't been this moved by a story for quite some time. I have only just finished and am ready to begin listening again.

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Adored this.

Loved everything about this book. Was beautiful. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Will be raving about it to my friends and family

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Gentle storytelling at its best

Two lives, explored through the prism of terminal illness, become interwoven, one long and full, the other about to be cut short. An unlikely friendship develops between hospital patients Lenni, 17 years old, lonely and irreverent, seeking answers, and 83 year old Margot, who has known love, in various forms, but who is left alone at the end of her unconventional life. Lenni and Margot devise an artistic project in the newly created art therapy room, to make a picture for every year of their combined ages. And so their stories are told, a century of living, celebrated.
Beautifully narrated in lilting Scots voices, one mature, the other youthful, utterly credible, for once, never distracting.
Friends and supporters acquired in hospital gather at Lenni’s end and mourn her passing. Lenni was cared for as a patient, but cared for and supported others by her thoughtful acts and also by simply listening to those around her.
We become part of that listening. We hear Lenni’s innermost thoughts and the stories of those she connects with: the hospital chaplain, her anguished father, a fellow patient whose dying wish she is able to fulfil, a young graduate who, unable to find more suitable employment, is taken on as a temp and who through her own initiative secures funding for the art therapy room. And thus the 100 years art project is able to be born.
In The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot we experience human hearts reaching out and joining together in adversity to find friendship and purpose and, ultimately, love. I am so glad I read this perceptive and heart warming book.

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Wonderful

I found this a lovely touching book with lots of humour, great characters and beautifully written.

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Hooked from the start.

Made me smile and made me cry. I've always felt that books allow me to step into someone elses life for a while, and thats what this book is all about. The power of stories, and how you can feel you have lived more years and more lives through the stories you are told.

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Just wonderful...

What a beautiful book.loved it from start to finish. It it made Cry and laugh...

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Amazing

This was such an enjoyable book and one that will stay with me for quite a while. I have recommended it to friends an family and hope they enjoy it as much as I did.

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brilliant

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book.. Characters beautifully read and totally believable. Heart warming. A must read.

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Heart warming, moving.

Wow, so many stories in one book that combines into such amazing characters and deep relationships.

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  • 11-05-21

Deceptively simple but with a deep core .

A deceptively easy listen but with a deep core between the lines
the chapters are short and require attention. lovely listen.

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  • 27-03-21

everything i hoped it would be. and more.

it captured all of the emotions i have previously held of the very living we all ought to do, with the soft, gentle reminder that it is fleeting.
the readings were immaculate, and captured the colourful characters so vividly that they will forever be a part of me.

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  • Caroline de Wet
  • 12-09-21

Loved it

I enjoyed listening to this book but must warn you that it’s not a serious work of fiction but perfect holiday listening.

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  • 06-08-21

Exceptional audio

Narration was top class. I felt like Lenni and Margot were real friends telling me their tale