How To Be Brave

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All the stories died that morning ... until we found the one we'd always known. When nine-year-old Rose is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Natalie must use her imagination to keep her daughter alive. They begin dreaming about and seeing a man in a brown suit who feels hauntingly familiar, a man who has something for them. Through the magic of storytelling, Natalie and Rose are transported to the Atlantic Ocean in 1943, to a lifeboat, where an ancestor survived for fifty days before being rescued. A simply unforgettable debut that celebrates the power of words, the redemptive energy of a mother's love ... and what it really means to be brave. 'It's a gentle book, full of emotion and it's similar in tone to The Book Thief, a book that Rose reads with a torch under the bedclothes.' The Irish Times 'Moving, engrossing and richly drawn, this is storytelling in its purest form ... mesmerising' Amanda Jennings `An amazing story of hope and survival ... a love letter to the power of books and stories' Nick Quantrill `Two family stories of loss and redemption intertwine in a painfully beautiful narrative. This book grabbed me right around my heart and didn't let go' Cassandra Parkin `Louise Beech is a natural born storyteller and this is a wonderful story' Russ Litten `Beautifully written, intelligent and moving, this book will stay with you long after you reach the end' Ruth Dugdall