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The Book of Longings

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
THE New York Times BESTSELLER



An inspiring story set in the first century AD about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings

'Transporting, life-affirming, gripping. It is simply brilliant' Mel Giedroyc

'Fascinating . . . Clever, rebellious Ana is a memorable character' The Times

'Brilliant . . . Brava!" The Daily Mail

Ana is born in Galilee at a time when women are seen as possessions, only leaving their fathers' homes to marry.
Ana longs to control her destiny. Taught to read despite her mother's misgivings, she wants to be a writer and to find her own voice. A voice that will speak for the silenced women around her.

Betrothed to an elderly widower, Ana almost despairs. But an encounter with a charismatic young carpenter in Nazareth awakens new longings in her, and a different future opens up.

Yet this is not a simple love story. Ana's journey will bring both joy and tragedy, but it will also be enriched by the female friendships she makes along the way.

The Book of Longings is an exquisite tale of dreams and desire, and of the power of women to change the world.

'One of my favourites' Alicia Keys

'I kept having to close this novel and breathe deeply, again and again . . . It is a true masterpiece' Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed

'Unleashes the reader's imagination with glorious evocations of extraordinary times and places, allowing our minds to roam . . . Original, challenging, beautiful' Adele Parks, Platinum

'Compelling . . . Ana is a truly wonderful character, strong and inspiring, and her life story so captivating that it swept me along' Good Housekeeping

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Unleashes the reader's imagination with glorious evocations of extraordinary times and places, allowing our minds to roam... Original, challenging, beautiful." - Adele Parks


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Hardback Editions

April 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Book of Longings: From the author of the international bestseller THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN: 1-4722-3249-6 / 978-1-4722-3249-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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April 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Book of Longings: A Novel
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN: 0-525-42976-X / 978-0-525-42976-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

March 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of Longings: From the author of the international bestseller THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN: 1-4722-3251-8 / 978-1-4722-3251-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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March 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of Longings: A Novel
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN: 0-14-311139-6 / 978-0-14-311139-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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April 2020 : Paperback
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Title: The Book of Longings: A Novel
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN: 1-984881-38-8 / 978-1-984881-38-0
Publisher: Viking
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April 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of Longings: From the author of the international bestseller THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN: 1-4722-3250-X / 978-1-4722-3250-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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April 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: The Book of Longings: A Novel
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN: 0-593-28596-4 / 978-0-593-28596-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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Audio Editions

April 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Book of Longings: A Novel
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN: 0-593-21282-7 / 978-0-593-21282-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Longings
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Publisher: Tinder Press
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April 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Longings
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
Publisher: Tinder Press
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April 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Longings
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
Publisher: Tinder Press
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April 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Longings: A Novel
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Longings: A Novel
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

April 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Longings: A Novel
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
Publisher: Viking
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April 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Longings: From the author of the international bestseller THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd
Publisher: Tinder Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU