The End of Loneliness
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The End of Loneliness : The Dazzling International Bestseller

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The international bestseller, translated by the award-winning translator of The Tobacconist, Charlotte Collins

Winner of the European Union Prize for Literature

'Original and captivating . . . its quiet charm in straightforward prose belies its sharp insight into the human condition' Stylist

'It is impossible to look away from it' Guardian

'Dazzling' John Irving

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I've known Death a long time but now Death knows me.

When their idyllic childhood is shattered by the sudden death of their parents, siblings Marty, Liz and Jules are sent to a bleak state boarding school. Once there, the orphans' lives change tracks: Marty throws himself into academic life; Liz is drawn to dark forms of escapism; and Jules transforms from a vivacious child to a withdrawn teenager.

The only one who can bring him out of his shell is his mysterious classmate Alva, who hides a dark past of her own, but despite their obvious love for one another, the two leave school on separate paths.

Years later, just as it seems that they can make amends for time wasted, the past catches up with them, and fate - or chance - will once again alter the course of a life.

Told through the fractured lives of the siblings, The End of Loneliness is a heartfelt, enriching novel about loss and loneliness, family and love.

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'This novel has been rightfully described as something of a masterpiece. One thing is for sure - it is not easily forgotten' Sunday Post

'Beautifully rendered: moving and wise, occasionally timeless . . . when Wells most needs to be sophisticated, he is' Irish Times

'A superbly insightful story' BookRiot
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 163 x 199 x 17mm | 174g
  • Sceptre
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473654041
  • 9781473654044
  • 4,428

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It is impossible to look away from it Guardian
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Touching and timeless, the story is expertly and evocatively rendered, in prose both beautiful and sparse enough to cut clearly to the question at the novel's heart: how one copes with loss that isn't-or doesn't have to be-permanent. * Publishers Weekly * A love story and a life story, this rich and well-translated domestic drama acknowledges that some bonds are truly immutable in the face of, or perhaps because of, tragedy and that our memories and the stories we make of them, though they may change, are as real as anything. * Booklist * Wells' style is less antic than that of his admired elder John Irving, but . . . the resemblances are strong . . . A tender, affecting novel * Kirkus * The writing is as luminous as the subject is dark * Elle France * A superbly insightful story * BookRiot * With a surprising maturity . . . Benedict Wells has found a voice to describe, neither cruelly nor over-sensitively, human fragility, failure and ageing * Le Monde * This novel has been rightfully described as something of a masterpiece. One thing is for sure - it is not easily forgotten. Heartfelt and enriching * Sunday Post * Beautifully rendered: moving and wise, occasionally timeless . . . when Wells most needs to be sophisticated, he is * Irish Times * Original and captivating . . . its quiet charm in straightforward prose belies its sharp insight into the human condition * Stylist * What happens to Jules and Alva in the hands of Benedict Wells is dazzling storytelling . . . The End of Loneliness is both affecting and accomplished - and eternal -- John Irving It is impossible to look away from it * Guardian *
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About Benedict Wells

Benedict Wells was born in 1984 in Munich. At the age of six, he started his journey through three Bavarian boarding schools. Upon graduating school in 2003, he moved to Berlin, where he decided against an academic education and instead started to dedicate his time to writing. In 2016 he won the European Prize for Literature for his third novel, The End of Loneliness, which has been in the German bestseller list for over a year. After years of living in Barcelona, Wells has recently returned to Berlin.
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3,206 ratings
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4 34% (1,103)
3 14% (438)
2 3% (96)
1 1% (20)
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