The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife : The time-altering love story behind the major new TV series

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Rediscover the extraordinary love story that inspired the major new Sky TV series.

Clare and Henry met when Clare was just six and Henry thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty.

Impossible but true.

The Time Traveler's Wife is the international bestselling novel of a time-altering love. Henry is a librarian who suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets, finding himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. Meanwhile, Clare is an artist waiting all her life for her great love Henry to appear. In the face of this force neither can prevent nor control, Henry and Clare's struggle to lead normal lives is both intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

'Dark, unpredictable, incredibly clever and a modern romance' Grazia
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 31mm | 362g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099464462
  • 9780099464464
  • 8,178

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"An enchanting novel, beautifully crafted and as dazzlingly imaginative as it is dizzyingly romantic."--Scott Turow
A most untraditional story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.
One of "People "magazine's Top Ten Books of the Year
"[A] time-travel love story par excellence. . . . It will be a hard-hearted reader who is not moved to tears by this soaring celebration of the victory of love over time." --"Chicago Tribune" Audrey Niffenegger is a professor in the M.F.A. program at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. She lives in Chicago. "The Time Traveler's Wife" is her first novel; her second, "Her Fearful Symmetry," takes place next to London's Highgate Cemetery.
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An irrestible romance
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Moving, but worth the heartbreak * Daily Express * At its core The Time Traveler's Wife is an old-fashioned love story. A terrific book - startlingly original construction * Observer * I was ridiculously entranced by Audrey Niffenegger's big, reckless novel...utterly convincing * Daily Telegraph * Niffenegger exploits the possibilities of her fantasy scenario with immense skill: no wonder this novel has spent weeks on the bestseller lists in the US. This is one of those books that makes you want to eat it up from start to finish * Guardian * Wonky, sexy, incredible * The Times * Pick up Niffenegger's book and you'll experience a visceral thrill that only a few novels provide. An elegy to love and loss * Independent on Sunday * Truly original * Vogue * Magical - memorable...poignant, amusing and intensely moving portrait of a unique relationship - quirky, romantic, and kept the right side of cute * Mail on Sunday * The central story is so strong and touching...ingenious... A rare book * Evening Standard * A sweet, original fantasy - its flights of authorial fancy balanced by down-to-earth characters and the matter-of-fact language * Sunday Telegraph * Henry's journeys back and forth are by turns slapstick noir and unbearably poignant, and Clare's child and teen narrations disturbingly pitch-perfect. Philosophical speculation occurs in the most unlikely devices and morality, despite the temptations of plot, remains intact. This is alarmingly close to perfection, and balm to the jaded * Scotland on Sunday * One of those books where you read the first paragraph and you're hooked... Unmissable * Irish Independent * From the first page to the last, The Time Traveler's Wife works its unique magic... A beautiful, lyrical book * The Times * After I read it I wanted to share it with everybody, and even gave a copy to Madonna when she co-presented my show * Easy Living * Dark, unpredictable, incredibly clever and a modern romance * Grazia * A delight * Bookseller * A love affair that will totally capture your heart * Glamour Magazine * An irrestible romance * InStyle * A beautifully written, compulsive look at a couple trying to live an ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances * Image * An intriguing, often funny love story * Eve *
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About Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and writer who lives mostly in Chicago and occasionally in London. She has published six books, including the novels The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry. She helped to found the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Her art has been exhibited by Printworks Gallery in Chicago since 1986. She is a Professor in the Fiction Department of Columbia College. Her recent projects include a ballet, Raven Girl, in collaboration with Wayne McGregor for the Royal Opera House Ballet.
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1,723,539 ratings
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4 32% (559,362)
3 19% (326,220)
2 6% (104,538)
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One of my favourite books of all time. A lovely story of love and loss. It stays with you even long after you have finished. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get wrapped up into a compelling more
by Amanda Gilder
I loved this book. I finished it in one day and the moment I finished, I wanted to read it again. It always makes me smile and cry. One of the best books I have read. The rich, expressive writing and the warm, interesting characters bring life to an interesting story. I fell in love with the characters. The book and movie have many differences, but each are lovely. I am glad I read the book first. Don't expect them to me the same, they are only similar. An enchanting storyshow more
by Rebecca Woodward
I also saw the movie before reading the book and I think that helped grasp the story a little easier. I absolutely LOVED the book. The characters, storyline, the unique way of writing... It is definitely a must read if you enjoy reading about love and relationships. The ending is terribly sad (tear jerking) but a little price to pay for a beautiful more
by Lauren Davis
I saw the movie before I read the book, and I did not enjoy the movie at all so was very hesitant to even read this book. A friend of mine insisted that I read the book and after a few chapters, I was hooked and wanted to find out more about Henry and Clare. Definitely a must read for fans of a good love more
by Lauren Jolley
I was skeptical, I have to admit it: I was afraid to read a corny book that had sold too many copies not to be suspicious, but curiosity got the better and here I am: I read it and liked it, although at first I tried to convince myself I didn't care about the story of Henry and Clare... Henry and Clare are a wonderful couple: the perfect intersection of bodies and souls; their history plays us along: it seems it wants to teach us that love can overcome the boundaries of time, but the reality is that time is more cruel than you can imagine: knowing the future won't be useful to change it! The only consolation lays in the hope of reliving the joys of the past: the chance to enjoy once again a segment of the existence they had to leave behind apparently forever is a sad revenge: the fall of the "Einmal ist Keinmal" by Kundera. It hurts. Better to follow the "classic" straight line, rather than being trapped in a twisted spiral in which it's impossible to distinguish a direction to follow. Would you like to travel in time? After reading this book I don't know what to say. Perhaps I would say no. It's painful. Exhaustion, loss, cold and thousands of other variables are hidden in a time travel: it could be fatal to me, why risk it? The strength of Henry and Clare's love reveals itself throughout the difficulties it has to overcome: the obstacles that stand out "before" and "after" their life, casting a shadow of relief or sadness over the present. Would it be better not to know? I don't know. I just know that I was moved. This story has torn me: It took and crumpled me, leaving its mark. The structure of the novel is clear and well designed - there is nothing to fear, the jumps in time would not confuse the careful reader - and the writing of Niffenegger glides lightly without weighing, outlining the figures of two lovers out of time: Henry and Clare as Ulysses and Penelope more
by Martina
As well as being very well written, entirely enjoyable and a compelling read this story is fascinating and entirely plausible - even you know as you read it the very premise of the book is impossible! The book has been described as merely being a new way of writing an old love story. This is nonsense because even though there is a compelling love story (which is well written) it is about the effect on the charachters of one man's curse of involuntary time travel. The author must have worked very hard to maintain the plot with accuracy and she succeeds very well. Her very disjointed, time shift narrative captures the disruptive, even dangerous episodes of time travel. Highly recommendedshow more
by Roger Manley
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