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Grace Williams Says It Loud

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1st March 2011

Price: £9.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781444704013

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Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction

Winner of the McKitterick Prize 2011

Runner up, Mind Book of the Year 2011

Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ First Book Award,

the Waverton Good Read Award,

the Authors Club First Novel Award

the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

The doctors said no more could be done and advised Grace’s parents to put her away.

On her first day at the Briar Mental Institute, Grace, aged eleven, meets Daniel.

Debonair Daniel, an epileptic who can type with his feet, sees a different Grace: someone to share secrets and canoodle with, someone to fight for.

A deeply affecting, spirit-soaring story of love against the odds.


<i>The Times</i> book club
Henderson allows you to soar with Grace's imagination
Patrick McCabe
'Startlingly assured, poetic and engaging - GRACE WILLIAMS SAYS IT LOUD introduces a new voice, one which I have no doubt we will be hearing much more of; I read it in two sittings, and am already looking forward to her next work.'
<i>Sunday Times</i>
'There is tenderness, joy, romance (not to mention inventive sex) and heartbreak. The language is tricksy, the subject disturbing. But this book is energetic, passionate and not easily forgotten.'
Grace's story from child to adult, told to stunning effect. Beautifully written, funny, sad and unforgettable, a love story like no other, it could be your book of the year.
<i>Independent<i />, Books of the Year
'far more inspiring than a hundred feel-good tomes'
<i>Sunday Herald</i>
Mesmerising ... an incredible journey through love, loss, bittersweet triumph and disaster
'A quirky and clever debut... this is an honest and witty insight into mental illness.'
<i>Independent on Sunday</i>
Grace's romance with Daniel, a "debonair" epileptic, is tender and convincing; the limber, musical prose peppered with brilliant descriptions...