A Million Things

Awards:   Long-listed for Margaret and Colin Roderick Literary Award 2022 (Australia) Winner of BookBrowse Best Debut 2021 (Australia)
Author:   Emily Spurr
Publisher:   Text Publishing
ISBN:  

9781922330505


Pages:   288
Publication Date:   30 March 2021
Format:   Paperback
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A Million Things


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Awards

  • Long-listed for Margaret and Colin Roderick Literary Award 2022 (Australia)
  • Winner of BookBrowse Best Debut 2021 (Australia)

Overview

Rae is ten years old, and she's tough. She's had to be: life with her mother has taught her the world is not her friend. Now suddenly her mum is gone and Rae is alone, except for her dog Splinter. Rae can do a lot of things pretty well for a kid. She can take care of herself and Splints, stay under the radar at school and keep the front yard neat enough that the neighbours won't get curious. But she is gnawed at by fear and sadness; haunted by the shadow of a terrible secret. Lettie, who lives next door, might know more about Rae than she lets on. But she has her own reasons for keeping the world at arm's length. When Rae finds out what they are, it seems like she and Lettie could help each other. But how long can a friendship last when it's based on secrets? Tender, funny, heartbreaking-A Million Things is a story of grief and resilience, told with eloquent simplicity. In brave, spiky Rae, Emily Spurr has created a character you will never forget.

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Author:   Emily Spurr
Publisher:   Text Publishing
Imprint:   The Text Publishing Company
Dimensions:   Width: 15.50cm , Height: 2.20cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.388kg
ISBN:  

9781922330505


ISBN 10:   1922330507
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   30 March 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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'Poignant, uplifting and beautifully written.' * Catherine Jinks * 'Direct, assured writing, hard-hitting emotion and a wonderful sense of optimism. A Million Things is a debut to treasure, with characters whose dignity shines through their struggles.' * Jock Serong * 'An original and impressively assured debut. A gem of a novel.' * Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of the Rosie trilogy * 'Beautifully written, equally heartwarming and heart-wrenching novel about family, friendship, love and resilience...An absorbing, wonderful read that showcases the importance of having even one special person to turn to and unconditional love. Keep the tissues close by.' * Herald Sun * 'An enthralling, devastating debut...A Million Things is a shattering novel that perfectly captures the fractured moments between loss and letting go; between childhood and growing up, in which anything could change once the pieces fall.' * Readings * 'Really good. There are moments in the book where your heart stops.' * Newstalk ZB * 'It is not hard to see why A Million Things was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award Unpublished Manuscript Prize last year. Spurr is a subtle writer, and though she writes genuinely dramatic incidents, the story is not overblown, and actions and reactions are written with a light touch...Spurr does a deft job of showing that people can surprise in good ways as well as bad.' * Weekend Australian * 'For book clubs who know honest friendship is the light in darkness.' * Readings * 'A powerful and challenging read from a new writer to watch.' * Big Issue * 'A remarkable book: beautifully written, tender, loving, humorous; heart-breaking, but all those other things as well-which is what we all love to read in the best of fiction.' * RN Bookshelf * 'Rae's plucky perspective prevents the story from descending into pity-porn territory - despite the tragic backdrop - and there are moments in which the reader will laugh out loud. However, anyone who has experienced grief is likely to cry at least once before the covers close on this story.' * ArtsHub * 'Author Emily Spurr tells a tale of grief and resilience with refreshing simplicity.' * Age/SMH * 'Emily Spurr's first novel is written with depth and heart and a plangent simplicity; her characters have a warmth and feisty resilience that she makes utterly believable, and the inevitable tricky ending is handled with confidence and flair.' * Adelaide Advertiser * '[An] amazing debut.' * Australian Women's Weekly * 'Spurr deftly slides into Rae's 10-year-old consciousness, expertly balancing the innocence and maturity of a child grown up too soon.' * Booklist * 'Spurr delivers a haunting account of a young girl grappling with abandonment in this excellent debut...Through Rae's devastating yet hopeful interior dialogue, Spurr delicately illustrates the complexity of loss and isolation.' * Publishers Weekly * 'In this excellent debut...Spurr delicately illustrates the complexity of loss and isolation. Fans of Liane Moriarty should take a look.' * Publishers Weekly *


'Poignant, uplifting and beautifully written.' * Catherine Jinks * 'Direct, assured writing, hard-hitting emotion and a wonderful sense of optimism. A Million Things is a debut to treasure, with characters whose dignity shines through their struggles.' * Jock Serong * 'An original and impressively assured debut. A gem of a novel.' * Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of the Rosie trilogy * 'Beautifully written, equally heartwarming and heart-wrenching novel about family, friendship, love and resilience...An absorbing, wonderful read that showcases the importance of having even one special person to turn to and unconditional love. Keep the tissues close by.' * Herald Sun * 'An enthralling, devastating debut...A Million Things is a shattering novel that perfectly captures the fractured moments between loss and letting go; between childhood and growing up, in which anything could change once the pieces fall.' * Readings * 'Really good. There are moments in the book where your heart stops.' * Newstalk ZB *


'Poignant, uplifting and beautifully written.' * Catherine Jinks * 'Direct, assured writing, hard-hitting emotion and a wonderful sense of optimism. A Million Things is a debut to treasure, with characters whose dignity shines through their struggles.' * Jock Serong * 'An original and impressively assured debut. A gem of a novel.' * Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of the Rosie trilogy * 'Beautifully written, equally heartwarming and heart-wrenching novel about family, friendship, love and resilience...An absorbing, wonderful read that showcases the importance of having even one special person to turn to and unconditional love. Keep the tissues close by.' * Herald Sun * 'An enthralling, devastating debut...A Million Things is a shattering novel that perfectly captures the fractured moments between loss and letting go; between childhood and growing up, in which anything could change once the pieces fall.' * Readings * 'Really good. There are moments in the book where your heart stops.' * Newstalk ZB * 'It is not hard to see why A Million Things was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award Unpublished Manuscript Prize last year. Spurr is a subtle writer, and though she writes genuinely dramatic incidents, the story is not overblown, and actions and reactions are written with a light touch...Spurr does a deft job of showing that people can surprise in good ways as well as bad.' * Weekend Australian * 'For book clubs who know honest friendship is the light in darkness.' * Readings * 'A powerful and challenging read from a new writer to watch.' * Big Issue * 'A remarkable book: beautifully written, tender, loving, humorous; heart-breaking, but all those other things as well-which is what we all love to read in the best of fiction.' * RN Bookshelf * 'Rae's plucky perspective prevents the story from descending into pity-porn territory - despite the tragic backdrop - and there are moments in which the reader will laugh out loud. However, anyone who has experienced grief is likely to cry at least once before the covers close on this story.' * ArtsHub *


'Poignant, uplifting and beautifully written.' * Catherine Jinks *


Author Information

Born in Tasmania, Emily lives in Melbourne with her partner, their twin sons and a deaf, geriatric cat. Shortlisted for the prestigious Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Prize, A Million Things is her first novel.

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