When God was a Rabbit

When God was a Rabbit : The Richard and Judy Bestseller

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Sarah Winman's bestselling, critically-acclaimed debut novel WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT continues to captivate and enchant readers.

The Sunday Times bestseller

This is a book about a brother and sister.

It's a book about childhood and growing up, friendships and families, triumph and tragedy and everything in between.

More than anything,
it's a book about love in all its forms.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 30mm | 248g
  • Tinder Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0755379306
  • 9780755379309
  • 76,490

Review quote

'Gloriously offbeat... Winman's narrative voice is beautifully true, with a child's unsentimental clarity. A superb debut' * The Times * 'Beguiling... you can't quite get the voice out of your head' * Daily Mail * 'Captivating... rendered with an appealing frankness, precision and emotional acuity' * Observer * 'Thronging with incident, wonder and outre language... sharply funny, whimsical and innovative' * The Guardian *
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About Sarah Winman

Sarah Winman grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. She has written three novels, WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT, A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS and TIN MAN.
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Rating details

37,382 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 24% (9,069)
4 37% (13,775)
3 27% (10,223)
2 9% (3,262)
1 3% (1,053)

Our customer reviews

loved this book, was like nothing i had read before, would recommend it highlyshow more
by Emma Long
The titles says it all When God Was A Rabbit, that's when the book was great but after the rabbit died it was just plain terrible. Sadly part 2 is more than half of the book so just avoid it and pick something that is more interesting. I swear God last chapters were like a CHEAP british family drama tv series. I'm sure there are other better books than this one. Again, save yourself and pick something else. I also fogot about the brother sister relationship, I didn't see that much of a relationship to caption the book with it.show more
by Mohammed Talat Ebrahim
The rabbit didn't last too long...too bad as I was enjoying that part of the story more than the relationship between brother and sister and their friends. I had really high hopes for this book to be the next one for our book club, but think it rambles quite a lot and there's no point to it...I think it was a bit presumptuous of the author to use 911 as a catalyst to move the story further...didn't need it.show more
by Maggie Swithenbank
I felt the blurb was misleading - a story about a brother and sister, but all you got from reading this book was everything from the sister's point of view. The way it was written made me feel nothing for the brother or their bond. Perhaps if this was written in the third person it may have been more successful. It was also too drawn out - too much rambling - I'd had enough by about 3/4's of the way through and really had to push myself to finish it. There were however some lovely descriptive passages that I enjoyed.show more
by Sarah Nagel
This is quite a nice book, especially when the main characters are children. However once they grow up it is all a bit lacklustre. At times it felt like reading something by someone who is trying to explain something to you and they assume you know everything they already know. There are often sentences which are written like 'she felt like this because of, you know, well you know right?', sometimes it is so vague you don't know what is being referenced and leaves you wondering what you have missed. I had high hopes for this book, it might be worth a read but I wouldn't have bought it in hindsight.show more
by Rachel Bowyer
THis is such a lovely story I highly recommend it to all. I have suggested we use this book for our next book club meeting.show more
by Yvonne Clake
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