I've been a fan of Stephanie Butland's writing for a while and have read and reviewed two of her previous novels here on Random Things: Surrounded By Water (April 2014), and The Other Half of My Heart (November 2015).
I'm delighted to host a special cover reveal for her next book; Lost For Words which will be published by Bonnier Zaffre on 6 April 2017.
You can trust a book to keep your secret . . .
Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look closely, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are things she'll never show you.
Fifteen years ago Loveday lost all she knew and loved in one unspeakable night. Now, she finds refuge in the unique little York bookshop where she works.
Everything is about to change for Loveday. Someone knows about her past. Someone is trying to send her a message. And she can't hide any longer.
Lost for Words is a compelling, irresistible and heart-rending novel, with the emotional intensity of The Shock of the Fall and all the charm of The Little Paris Bookshop and 84 Charing Cross Road.
Praise for Lost for Words:
'Loveday is a compelling character, you love her in the way you love a cat who always scratches but you love it anyway . . . this book is quirky, clever and unputdownable. I really enjoyed it.'
'Loveday is a marvellous character and she captured my heart from the very first page . . . and her bookshop is the bookshop of readers' dreams.'
Julie Cohen, bestselling author of Dear Thing
'Loveday is so spiky and likeable. I so loved Archie, Nathan and the book shop and the unfolding mystery'
Carys Bray, author of A Song For Issy Bradley and The Museum of You
'Burns fiercely with love and hurt. A quirky, rare and beautiful novel, one you'd be delighted to unearth in any bookshop. And Loveday Cardew is a character who leaps from the pages into our hearts.'
Linda Green, bestselling author of While My Eyes Were Closed
'It is such a beautiful read and Loveday's voice is so compelling . . . an exquisite story that I couldn't put down.'
'Beautifully written and atmospheric. Loveday is an endearing heroine, full of attitude and fragility. The haunting story of her past is brilliantly revealed.'
Tracy Rees, Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of Amy Snow
'What an absolute stunner of a book. I LOVED it and cried like a motherf***er. If you care about books (or humans) read it!'
Shelley Harris, author of Jubilee
'This book will warm and break your heart in equal measure! Loveday Cardew is funny and sassy, angry and loving, and she is running scared; she wears her scars deep within her and on the outside too. In Butland's consummate hands, the story of Loveday's past and her present is bravely told and is transformative. This is a must-read novel.'
Claire Dyer, award-winning poet and author of The Perfect Affair
'A beautiful, touching, moving, sweet treat of a book. Sad, intriguing, cleverly plotted, sometimes shocking, compelling read. I was with Loveday all the way. I absolutely loved it'
Jane Wenham-Jones, author of Prime Time
'Loveday is an incredible character.
Oh, the writing . . .
Vibrant, vivid, sometimes visceral;
Engaging, funny, searing.
Dares to mix prose and poetry seamlessly.
Archie had me head-over-heels in love.
You can't help but hurt when it's over'
Helena Sheffield, author of The Art of Wearing Hats
'I just finished. I can totally see why you fell in love with it. What a unique, beautiful novel that cleverly builds to a heart-stopping climax. Any book lovers out there would be mad not to adore the quirkily drawn character of Loveday who pulls you in right from the get go with her distinctive voice!'
Tracy Buchanan, number one bestselling author of My Sister' s Secret, The Atlas Of Us and No Turning Back
'Wonderful. So many beautiful one-liners too!'
Ayisha Malik, author of Sofia Khan is Not Obliged
'OH poor, brilliant Loveday. Gorgeous, gorgeous bookshop book . . . So, so lovely!'
Sarah Franklin, author and Costa Book Awards judge
'I loved it! Spent all day today engrossed in Loveday . . . a superbly drawn character.'
Alex Gray, bestselling author of The Darkest Goodbye
Stephanie Butland lives in Northumberland, close to the place where she grew up. She writes in a studio at the bottom of her garden, and loves being close to the sea. She's thriving after cancer.