The Earth Hums in B Flat
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The Earth Hums in B Flat

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Gwenni Morgan is not like any other girl in this small Welsh town. Inquisitive, bookish and full of spirit, she can fly in her sleep and loves playing detective. So when a neighbour mysteriously vanishes, and no one seems to be asking the right questions, Gwenni decides to conduct her own investigation.

Mari Strachan's unforgettable novel was one of the most acclaimed and successful debuts of 2009. It is a heart-breaking and hugely enjoyable story.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 346 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 242g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1847673058
  • 9781847673053
  • 121,992

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A Waterstone's New Voice 2009
An Amazon Rising Star 2009

Gwenni Morgan is not like any other girl in her small Welsh town. Inquisitive, bookish and full of spirit, she can
fly in her sleep and loves playing detective. So when a neighbour mysteriously vanishes, and no one seems to
be asking the right questions, Gwenni decides to conduct her own investigation.

Mari Strachan's unforgettable novel was one of the most acclaimed and successful debuts of 2009. It is a heartbreaking and hugely enjoyable book.

'Strachan eschews whimsy for reality in a beautifully written story about growing up.'
Independent on Sunday

'A delight.'
Financial Times

'Extremely compelling . . . I loved this novel.'
Catherine O'Flynn, author of What Was Lost

'A warm and touching, but blessedly unsentimental, novel.'
The Times
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Review Text

The Earth Hums in B Flat is a richly evocative, warm but unsentimental tale of a child detective struggling to piece together clues about the lives around her ... extremely compelling. I loved this novel. Catherine O'Flynn, author of What Was Lost
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The Earth Hums in B Flat is a richly evocative, warm but unsentimental tale of a child detective struggling to piece together clues about the lives around her ... extremely compelling. I loved this novel. * * Catherine O'Flynn, author of What Was Lost * * I loved this debut, which manages to give a young girl's narrative an authentically quirky aspect, without ever resorting to cutesiness or cosiness . . . Strachan eschews whimsy for reality in a beautifully written story about growing
up. -- Lesley McDowell * * Independent on Sunday * * A fondness for unorthodoxy gives [Strachan's] girl-growing-up story its unique flavour . . . A warm and touching, but blessedly unsentimental, novel. -- Kate Saunders * * The Times * * Strachan's prose is pitch perfect. A gorgeous debut. -- Eithne Farry * * Marie Claire * * At a time when many panic-stricken publishers want their debut novelists to resemble junior celebs fresh out of stage school, Mari Strachan - and Canongate - are proving that the words still matter most. ... Strachan has a voice and a vision all her own. -- Boyd Tonkin * * Independent * *
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About Mari Strachan

Mari Strachan and her husband live in the hills of Ceredigion, Wales. The Earth Hums in B Flat was her first book, and she is the author of Blow on a Dead Man's Embers.
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Rating details

2,171 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 19% (412)
4 43% (939)
3 28% (598)
2 8% (179)
1 2% (43)
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