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The Book of Two Ways: The stunning bestseller about life, death and missed opportunities

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781473692428

Price: £8.99

‘A writer the world should be reading right now.’ Independent

Who would you be, if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are now?

Dawn is a death doula, and spends her life helping people make the final transition peacefully.

But when the plane she’s on plummets, she finds herself thinking not of the perfect life she has, but the life she was forced to abandon fifteen years ago – when she left behind a career in Egyptology, and a man she loved.

Against the odds, she survives, and the airline offers her a ticket to wherever she needs to get to – but the answer to that question suddenly seems uncertain.

As the path of her life forks in two very different directions, Dawn must confront questions she’s never truly asked: What does a well-lived life look like? What do we leave behind when we go? And do we make our choices, or do our choices make us?

Two possible futures. One impossible choice.


‘It is hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes.’ Financial Times

‘Her intelligent, meticulously researched novels explore ethical dilemmas through heartrending, headline-grabbing scenarios.’ The Sunday Times

‘A matchless talent for hitting emotional notes.’ Irish Times


A writer the world should be reading right now
It is hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes
Financial Times
A thrilling adventure ... one that will lead readers to both learn a lot and also ask themselves key questions about how to create happy lives for themselves
Associated Press
Similar to Alice Hoffman's depiction of complex family ties, Picoult's latest stretches the importance of recognizing our bonds to those we love. Highly recommended for open-minded readers.
Library Journal, starred review
The Book of Two Ways is a return for Picoult to the themes of her earliest books -motherhood, complicated romantic love . . . Picoult, at this point in her career, could skilfully build tension in a broom closet, but the best part of this book is not the suspense; it's the look at the complexity of a woman as she enters middle age . . . [Picoult] always tells both sides of a story not with judgment, but with grace.
Washington Post
Picoult's fans will appreciate this multifaceted, high concept work.
Publishers Weekly
Picoult's fans will be more than ready for this puzzle of a novel . . .[they] will find heady themes to consider.
Powerful and compelling
VIP Magazine
The pull of the well-drawn characters and powerful themes of regret and love make this head-spinning story a compelling read
Sunday Mirror
This brilliant Sliding Doors-style novel will really get you thinking
Sun, Fabulous Magazine
A consummate storyteller
You're sure to be moved by the questions it poses about the meaning of life and death. Food for thought in these current crazy times
This complex, time-shifting romance combines moral hazard with Wuthering Heights echoes and degree-level Egyptology. And there aren't many books you can say that about.
Wendy Holden, Daily Mail
If you've ever wondered if you could have lived another life, you'll like this
A wise, cerebral, propulsive adventure . . . It eruditely spans the worlds of Egyptology, university physics and end-of-life care, while never losing sight of its high-stakes human story... a captivatingly immersive, multilayered, painstakingly researched and impressively realised exploration of deeply human geographies
Patricia Nicol, Sunday Times
Literary powerhouse Jodi Picoult writes novels that make you think and her latest is no exception
Sunday Express
The Times
Picoult's writing is insightful and richly descriptive
Press Association
A stunning Sliding Doors-style novel about life, death, and missed opportunities
East Anglian Daily Times, Top 10 of 2020