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When we met we were such untethered spirits floating through the world, as if one of us might drift away if we didn't hold hands tightly. We were imperfect people, who fitted perfectly together.

On an island off the west coast of Ireland, the Moone family gather, only to be shattered by tragedy. Murtagh Moone is a potter and devoted husband to Maeve, an actor struggling with her most challenging role yet as mother to their four children. Now Murtagh must hold his family close as we bear witness to their story before that night.  

We return to the day Maeve and Murtagh meet, outside Trinity College in Dublin, and watch how one love story gives rise to another. As the Moone children learn who their parents truly are, we journey onwards with them to a future that none of the Moones could predict. Except perhaps Maeve herself.  

The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually is a celebration of the complex, flawed and stubbornly optimistic human heart.

©2020 Helen Cullen (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"This life-affirming book will draw you in and keep you there." (Independent)

"Delightful." (Sunday Times)

"Enchanting, intriguing, deeply moving." (Irish Times)

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Couldn’t stop listening!

Such an addictive listen - a beautiful story and a pleasure to listen to. 🇮🇪
I laughed and cried - my ideal kind of story.

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This is not my usual choice and I would normally avoid such an emotive subject matter but this book is so well written, and narrated, I would highly recommend it.

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beautiful listen

read so well, terribly sad yet uplifting. an excellent story of love and mental struggle.

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Simply beautiful.

Twists and turns, tears and smiles. Beautifully read. Don’t miss this it grips you from the start.

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Tender hearted and beautiful!

I fell in love with the elegance of the writing! The sentences were beautifully constructed and every feeling deeply rested with me.

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Perfect

This is the fourth time that I have listened to this beautifully written book. And, each time the very ethos of Kintsugi produces stunning ‘golden joinery’.

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Lovely.

I adored this story. Gentle and meaningful but aware of the subject matters and doing them justice. to be understood. Loved it.

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More brilliant and enchanting than I even expected!

I have been looking forward to whatever would come next from Helen Cullen since reading her debut novel last year. The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually is an emotional story about a family who I couldn’t wait to spend time with for the short amount of days over which I was able to savour the brilliant audiobook.

This heartwarming, though tragic novel continued to give the very best of what I loved about The Lost Letters of William Woolf: A grounded understanding of real-life loves, both simple and breathtakingly grand.

I wish I had more words to describe the beautiful tone that this journey carries as it strides forward through decades. I think this is really special writing!