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The Phone Box at the Edge of the World

(2020)
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'Absolutely breathtaking . . . a story of universal loss and the power of love' Christy Lefteri, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo

We all have something to tell those we have lost . . .

When Yui loses her mother and daughter in the tsunami, she wonders how she will ever carry on. Yet, in the face of this unthinkable loss, life must somehow continue.

Then one day she hears about a man who has an old disused telephone box in his garden. There, those who have lost loved ones find the strength to speak to them and begin to come to terms with their grief. As news of the phone box spreads, people travel to it from miles around.

Soon Yui makes her own pilgrimage to the phone box, too. But once there she cannot bring herself to speak into the receiver. Then she finds Takeshi, a bereaved husband whose own daughter has stopped talking in the wake of their loss.

What happens next will warm your heart, even when it feels as though it is breaking.

When you've lost everything, what can you find . . ?

'Beautiful. A message of hope for anyone who is lost, frightened or grieving' Clare Mackintosh, Sunday Times bestselling author of After the End

'Incredibly moving. It will break your heart and soothe your soul' Stacey Halls, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars

'Mesmerising . . . beautiful . . . a joy to read' Joanna Glen, Costa shortlisted author of The Other Half of Augusta Hope

'Spare and poetic, this beautiful book is both a small, quiet love story and a vast expansive meditation on grieving and loss' Heat

'A perfect poignant read' Woman & Home

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Before I got started, I already loved the phone box at the edge of the world. But then I loved everything else. Especially the beautiful prose, powerful but held back, like grief. And the characters - emerging blinking from their tragedies, hurt and hesitant - but ultimately hopeful. It was a joy to read. Mesmerising!" - Joanna Glen

"Incredibly moving. It will break your heart and soothe your soul." - Stacey Halls

"This beautiful novel tells a story of universal loss and the power of love. It will remain engraved in my heart and mind forever. During these difficult times we face, it addresses questions that we might all have - how to connect with those we have loved and lost and how to allow ourselves to live and to love again. Beautifully written, sensitive and evocative, it paints a picture of an inner and outer world that is infused with both tragedy and hope. It moved me to tears and made me want to speak my own secret thoughts in the phone box at the edge of the world. Absolutely breathtaking and stunning." - Christy Lefteri

"A message of hope for anyone who is lost, frightened or grieving. Beautiful." - Clare Mackintosh


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June 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Phone Box at the Edge of the World: The most moving story of our times
Author(s): Laura Imai Messina
ISBN: 1-78658-039-X / 978-1-78658-039-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Manilla Press
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March 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Phone Box at the Edge of the World: The most moving story of our times
Author(s): Laura Imai Messina
ISBN: 1-78658-041-1 / 978-1-78658-041-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Manilla Press
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June 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Phone Box at the Edge of the World
Author(s): Laura Imai Messina
ISBN: 1-78658-040-3 / 978-1-78658-040-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Manilla Press
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June 2020 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Phone Box at the Edge of the World: The most moving story of our times
Author(s): Laura Imai Messina
ISBN: 1-78658-051-9 / 978-1-78658-051-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Manilla Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Phone Box at the Edge of the World
Author(s): Laura Imai Messina, Lucy Rand - translator
Publisher: Manilla Press
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June 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Phone Box at the Edge of the World
Author(s): Laura Imai Messina, Lucy Rand - translator
Publisher: Manilla Press
Availability: Amazon AU   


June 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Phone Box at the Edge of the World
Author(s): Laura Imai Messina, Lucy Rand - translator
Publisher: Manilla Press
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June 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Phone Box at the Edge of the World
Author(s): Laura Imai Messina, Lucy Rand - translator
Publisher: Manilla Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Phone Box at the Edge of the World: The most moving story of our times
Author(s): Laura Imai Messina
Publisher: Manilla Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU