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How Saints Die

A novel by

Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book (nominee)
'What a glorious, beautiful sea-shanty of a book this is. A fairy tale of wild, sea-swept children and wolfish fear. Written in a compelling, rushing language.' Daisy Johnson, author of the Man Booker-longlisted Everything Under

Ellie Fleck has a question for everything, except the one she cannot ask.
Where have they taken her mother?

Ten years old and irrepressibly curious, Ellie lives with her fisherman father, Peter, on the wild North Yorkshire coast. It's the 1980s and her mother's breakdown is discussed only in whispers, with the promise 'better by Christmas' and no further explanation.

Steering by the light of her dad's sea-myths, her mum's memories of home across the water, and a fierce spirit all her own, Ellie begins to learn - in these sudden, strange circumstances - who she is and what she can become. By the time the first snowdrops show, her innocence has been shed, but at great cost.

Genre: General Fiction

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July 2017 : UK Hardback

Title: How Saints Die
Author(s): Carmen Marcus
ISBN: 1-911215-40-X / 978-1-911215-40-0 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

May 2018 : UK Paperback

Title: How Saints Die
Author(s): Carmen Marcus
ISBN: 1-78470-551-9 / 978-1-78470-551-0 (UK edition)
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July 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition

Title: How Saints Die
Author(s): Carmen Marcus
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