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Summary

Funny, heartwarming and ultimately triumphant, The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr is the perfect story for anyone who doesn't quite fit in - and for everyone who chooses not to.

Elvira Carr is 27 and neuro-atypical. Her father - whom she suspects was in the secret service - has passed away, and, after several Unfortunate Incidents growing up, she now spends most of her time at home with her overbearing mother. But when her mother has a stroke and is taken into care, Elvira is suddenly forced to look after herself or risk ending up in sheltered accommodation.

Armed with her Seven Rules, which she puts together after online research, Elvira hopes to learn how to navigate a world that's full of people she doesn't understand. Not even the Seven Rules can help her, however, when she discovers that everything she thought she knew about her father was a lie, and she is faced with solving a mystery she didn't even know existed.

©2017 Frances Maynard (P)2017 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Absolutely brilliant

I had recently listened to Eleanor Oliphant is absolutely fine and thoroughly enjoyed it and saw a comment suggesting if you’d like EO, you should try The Seven imperfect Rules. I have binge listened to this book I enjoyed it so much. The narration fitted the story perfectly and I would absolutely recommend it.

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Fantastic!

I have been looking for a book for ages that escapes the hype of The Girl on the Train type novels and this what's the answer to my prayers and I wished it wouldn't end.

I'm not going to write anymore so as not to give anything away but just 3 words - download this book!!

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  • Sarah
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  • 09-11-18

Beautiful.

This was an incredibly moving and often very humourous book, with a completely enchanting lead and a fascinating supporting cast. Although you never officially find out what condition Elvira has, the story gives a real insight into the way that people who would identify with her, to a lesser or greater degree, face challenges in daily life. Although it’s in a similar vein to The Cactus and Elenor Oliphant, for me this was a real stand out book that had you truly routing and feeling for Elvira throughout. It was superbly narrated with such emotion, it’s always a sign of a great listen when you’re sad to see the seconds ticking away in the last chapter. I couldn’t recommend this book more highly!!

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  • Mary
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Excellent all round

This is such a lovely, sensitively-written and funny book, with just a hint of mystery. It's very sweet, but with a sharp and serious edge that stops it getting too sickly - and the reader is perfect too.

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Performsnce was exceptional.

Beautiful and in some places heartbreaking. A good reminder for us all to be kinder!

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A lovely, heartwarming story

Great book, kept my interest throughout. Tense at times but heartwarming. I really enjoyed it.

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Fabulous

Brilliant book, wonderfully read. If you enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Absolutely Fine, you’ll enjoy this too.