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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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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!