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The Second Child

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
Chosen for the Radio 2 Book Club with Simon Mayo

'Acarefully crafted and utterly compelling tale of lost opportunity and impossible choices.' Amanda Brooke, author of The Affair

Why do you love your child? Is it because they're a straight A student, a talented footballer? Or is it simply because they're yours?

Sarah and Phil love both their children, James and Lauren. The couple have the same hopes and aspirations as any parent. But their expectations are shattered when they discover that their perfect baby daughter has been born with a flaw; a tiny, but life-changing glitch that is destined to shape her future, and theirs, irrevocably.

Over time the family adapt and even thrive. Then one day a blood test casts doubt on the very basis of their family. Lauren is not Phil's child. Suddenly, their precious family is on the brink of destruction. But the truth they face is far more complex and challenging than simple infidelity. It tests their capacity to love, each other and their children, and it raises the question of what makes - and what breaks - a family.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"I stayed up long into the night to finish The Second Child...a carefully crafted and utterly compelling tale of lost opportunity and impossible choices." - Amanda Brooke

"Caroline Bond takes a complex situation and has written a thoughtful, wrenching and, at times, tear-jerking novel." - Elizabeth Buchan

"I was so invested in every word of this novel. An unthinkable situation, but highly believable, this story is spellbinding, real, and brilliantly written. I felt for every character. It mines the depth of every possible human emotion. Caroline Bond will go far." - Carol Mason


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Hardback Editions

March 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Second Child: A breath-taking debut novel about the bond of family and the limits of love
Author(s): Caroline Bond
ISBN: 1-78649-334-9 / 978-1-78649-334-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corvus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Second Child: A breath-taking debut novel about the bond of family and the limits of love
Author(s): Caroline Bond
ISBN: 1-78649-336-5 / 978-1-78649-336-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corvus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


March 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Second Child: A breath-taking debut novel about the bond of family and the limits of love
Author(s): Caroline Bond
ISBN: 1-78649-335-7 / 978-1-78649-335-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corvus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

April 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Second Child
Author(s): Caroline Bond
ISBN: 0-655-65006-7 / 978-0-655-65006-5
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


April 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Second Child
Author(s): Caroline Bond
ISBN: 0-655-65008-3 / 978-0-655-65008-9
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


May 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Second Child
Author(s): Caroline Bond
ISBN: 1-4894-4376-2 / 978-1-4894-4376-2 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


May 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Second Child
Author(s): Caroline Bond
ISBN: 1-4894-4375-4 / 978-1-4894-4375-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Second Child
Author(s): Caroline Bond
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon   


May 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Second Child
Author(s): Caroline Bond
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon AU   


May 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Second Child
Author(s): Caroline Bond
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Second Child
Author(s): Caroline Bond
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Second Child: A breath-taking debut novel about the bond of family and the limits of love
Author(s): Caroline Bond
Publisher: Corvus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU