Noah's Compass

Noah's Compass

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'As exquisitely observed and quietly brilliant as the rest of Tyler's fiction' Guardian

Liam Pennywell has spent most of his life dodging issues and skirting adventure when suddenly, in his sixty-first year, something happens that jolts him out of his certainty and leaves him with a frightening gap in his memory.

In trying to piece together what took place on his first night in a new apartment, Liam finds instead an unusual woman with secrets of her own, and a late-flowering love that brings its own set of thorny problems...


'One of my favourite authors' Liane Moriarty

'She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan

'Anne Tyler has no peer' Anita Shreve

'A masterly author' Sebastian Faulks
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 202g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099539586
  • 9780099539582
  • 96,390

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One of my favourite authors, one of the very few I rush out to buy in hardback.
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One of my favourite authors, one of the very few I rush out to buy in hardback. -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday * Anne Tyler is a novelist who has elevated pitch-perfect observation of everyday detail into an art form... a beautifully subtle book, an elegant contemplation of what it means to be happy and the consequences of a defensive withdrawal from other people -- Elizabeth Day * Observer * Noah's Compass is immensely readable. It displays many of Tyler's finest qualities: her sharp observation of humanity, her wry comedy; the luminous accuracy of her descriptions... a novel by Anne Tyler is cause for celebration -- Caroline Moore * Sunday Telegraph * Anne Tyler draws a comedy that is not so much brilliant as luminous - its observant sharpness sweetened by a generous understanding of human fallibility -- Jane Shilling * Daily Telegraph * As exquisitely observed and quietly brilliant as the rest of Tyler's fiction -- Joanna Briscoe * Guardian *
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About Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread, Vinegar Girl and Clock Dance.

In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.
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Rating details

11,100 ratings
3.31 out of 5 stars
5 11% (1,174)
4 31% (3,422)
3 41% (4,563)
2 14% (1,556)
1 3% (385)

Our customer reviews

Once again Anne Tyler gives the reader an amazing insight into the world and thoughts of a normal person, describing his life, considerations and feelings in great detail. The main character is someone who would never be considered as a suitable subject for a film, for instance - but with his creation, the author has come up with someone interesting enough to keep the reader interested until the very last page of the book. And the somewhat unusual happenings in his life certainly add to the interest of the story. As a staunch lover of feel-good books and happy endings, I never cease to be amazed at how Anne Tyler keeps me interested in her stories, because they are so far removed from what I normally prefer, but her style of writing is absolutely more
by Coenraad Heijdemann
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