The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot
– Goodreads Choice: Best Fiction 2021 shortlisted
– Author’s Club First Novel Award longlisted
– Voted Best Uplifting Book in the independent
‘Emotional, involving, witty and sad. Everyone is going to love Lenni and Margot’
‘Lenni and Margot are two of the most wonderful, warm, witty and wise heroines I’ve ever met. Beautiful and glorious’ CLARE POOLEY, author of The Authenticity Project
Fiercely alive, disarmingly funny and brimming with tenderness, THE ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LENNI AND MARGOT unwraps the extraordinary gift of life, and revels in our infinite capacity for friendship and love when we need them most.
Life is short.
No-one knows that better than seventeen-year-old Lenni. But as she is about to learn, it’s not only what you make of life that matters, but who you share it with.
Dodging doctor’s orders, she joins an art class where she bumps into fellow patient Margot, a rebel-hearted eight-three-year-old from the next ward. Their bond is instant as they realize that together they have lived an astonishing one hundred years.
To celebrate their shared century, they decide to paint their life stories: of growing old and staying young, of giving joy, of receiving kindness, of losing love, of finding the person who is everything.
As their friendship deepens, it becomes vividly clear that life is not done with Lenni and Margot yet.
An extraordinary friendship. A lifetime of stories. Their last one begins here.
VOTED BEST UPLIFTING BOOK OF 2021 BY THE INDEPENDENT
‘Full of wisdom and kindness. It is just the kind of book I adore’ JOANNA CANNON
‘Such a delight! I fell head over heels for Lenni and Margot, their wit and vibrancy and marvellous outlooks on life. An utter joy’ ABBIE GREAVES
‘Charged with light and colour. Gloriously original and full of wisdom, humour, and hope. It made me think and care and laugh and cry. One of my all-time favourite books’ HAZEL PRIOR, author of Away with the Penguins
‘This is something special: moving, joyful and life-affirming’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Book of the Month
A gorgeous, heartbreaking story readers won't soon forget * ELLE MAGAZINE * Charged with light and colour. Gloriously original and full of wisdom, humour, and hope. It made me think and care and laugh and cry. One of my all-time favourite books * HAZEL PRIOR, author of AWAY WITH THE PENGUINS * Cronin's characters are fully drawn, and chime together to tell a sweet story about connection, loss and living * IRISH TIMES * A gorgeous, heartwarming novel. The perfect antidote to the world right now * FABULOUS MAGAZINE * Filled with kindness and quirky characters who restore your faith in life. This debut will stay with you, answering the question, What is life made of? * MY WEEKLY, BOOK OF THE WEEK * Full of honesty and warmth. A beautiful debut * CULTUREFLY * An extraordinary tale of living, love and heartbreak * The Sun * A beautiful, funny, and incredibly assured story filled with rich characters. * INDEPENDENT * A special and lovely read. Guaranteed to leave you wanting a hug * STYLIST, Best New Fiction * Heartwarming and remarkable stories of two loveable characters * BBC NEWS, ones to watch, 2021 *
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