The Book of Tomorrow

The Book of Tomorrow

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The magical new novel from number one bestseller Cecelia Ahern. Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she's ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes and all that a girl could ever wish for. She's always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara's childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin. When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its' core.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 222 x 30mm | 539.77g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007233701
  • 9780007233700
  • 81,185

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Praise for The Book of Tomorrow: ' A sweet life-affirming tale' Marie Claire 'A magical, absorbing tale' Closer Acclaim for Cecelia Ahern: 'Utterly irresistible...I devoured it in one sitting.' Marian Keyes 'An intriguing, heartfelt novel, which makes you think about the value of life.' Glamour 'A sensational debut novel that proves true love never dies.' Cosmopolitan 'A heavenly gift that speaks to the heart.' Irish Independent 'A wonderfully life-affirming, witty debut.' Company 'Heartwarmingly good.' Heat 'A wonderfully warm and witty debut from a terrific new writer!This exceptional novel about bereavement, friendship and lost love is both heartbreaking and uplifting.' Express 'A heartwarming, completely absorbing tale of love and friendship.' Companyshow more

About Cecelia Ahern

Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media studies. Her first novel, PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004 and a number one bestseller. Her successive bestselling novels are Where Rainbows End, If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here, Thanks for the Memories and The Gift. PS, I Love You became an International boc office success, starring Hilary Swank, was a box office hit. Cecelia has also co-created the hit American television comedy series Samantha Who? In 2008 Cecelia won the award for Best New Writer at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Cecelia lives in County Dublin.show more

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Mystery, family secrets and love all in the pages of one book. A story told through the curious eyes of a teenager.show more
by Mireya
I usually do a bit of a plot synopsis, but the publisher description in this case is pretty good at it. Tamara admits that she is selfish, spoiled and ungrateful ... she really is. You probably won't like her much at the beginning, but she kind of grows on you. She's terrible to her aunt Rosaleen, who seems quietly maternal. After all, Rosaleen and Arthur (her mom's brother), take them into their small gatehouse outside of Kilsaney Castle, where Arthur works as a groundskeeper. With Jennifer, Tamara's mom, pretty much staying in her upstairs room all day, you'd think Tamara would better take to Rosaleen's mothering efforts. Tamara spends time exploring the grounds where she meets Sister Ignatius, a nun and beekeeper, who is more than a match for Tamara and her wisecracks. Tamara is puzzled when Sister Ignatius, who apparently has been around since Jennifer lived in the area before, believes Tamara to be a year older than she is. When Tamara finds a book in a traveling library that contains her own handwriting, she is surprised to say the least. The book appears to talk about the happenings of her day, and when everything happens as written the next day, the previous entry disappears and is replaced with the next tomorrow. There are some deeper and more intertwined mysteries as well, and it makes it interesting as we puzzle out whether Rosaleen is really good or bad and what sort of secrets she may be keeping. Who lives in the mysterious cottage across the lane? Why hasn't her mother snapped out of whatever is keeping her confined to her room? Will anyone believe Tamara as she inches closer to the truth? Although Tamara does have a bit of a smart mouth, she's still really funny, and you can't help but like her after a time. Altogether, a very interesting and fun read, with a few mysteries to solve. I liked it. It makes a good older YA read as well as a good adult read. QUOTES (from an ARC; may be different in final copy): I loved him, of course, but I know my dad wasn't a good man. He and I rarely spoke and when we did, it was to argue over something, or he was giving me money to get rid of me. "Not so many people want to be nuns these days. It's not, what you'd say, cool?" "Well, it's not just that it's not cool, which it totally isn't, no offense to God or anything, it's probably just a sex thing. If you were allowed to have sex I'd say loads of girls would want to be nuns. Though at the rate I'm going, I'll be joining you." I rolled my eyes. Dad deserved his success, he just needed a master class in humility. I could have done with one too. How special I thought I was in the silver Aston Martin in which he drove me to school some mornings. How special am I now, now that somebody bought it from a depot of repossessed cars for a fraction of the price. How special indeed. Writing: 4 out of 5 stars Plot: 4.5 out of 5 stars Characters: 4 out of 5 stars Reading Immersion: 4 out 5 stars BOOK RATING: 4.25 out of 5 starsshow more
by Julie Smith
I've read a couple of Cecelia Ahern's book and always loved them. The Book of Tomorrow wasn't the exception. Since the beginning Tamara gripped me. She's a lonely teenager, bored and spoiled. She was rude, had bad attitude and language, but also was intelligent and sensible. Her father has just died and she's still trying to understand why. Her life changed so much, now she has to live with her uncles. When things started to get weird with her aunt, she takes the matter in her own hands and starts to investigate. At first, I wasn't sure what to expect about this book. It started with Tamara, trying to deal with her new life and growing up, but then things started to get weird and became a mystery. It also has magic, when Tamara found a book written by her and telling her about her future. Cecelia Ahern's writing is, as always, excellent. The story and realistic characters involved me so much that I couldn't stop reading. It wasn't fast or slow, and always interesting. I only wished she would have explained more about the book. Overall, The Book of Tomorrow is a gripping and original heart warming story about love, betrayal and family secrets for all ages that you will enjoy reading.show more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
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