Grace Williams Says It Loud
By Emma Henderson
A startling, first-person debut and a unique, spirit-soaring love story.
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.
Emma Henderson ran a ski chalet in France for several years. She now lives in London and this is her first novel.
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01 Mar 2011
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Henderson allows you to soar with Grace's imagination — The Times book club
'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.' — Patrick McCabe
'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.' — Sunday Times
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. — Choice
'far more inspiring than a hundred feel-good tomes' — Independent, Books of the Year
Mesmerising ... an incredible journey through love, loss, bittersweet triumph and disaster — Sunday Herald
'A quirky and clever debut... this is an honest and witty insight into mental illness.' — Stylist
Grace's romance with Daniel, a "debonair" epileptic, is tender and convincing; the limber, musical prose peppered with brilliant descriptions... — Independent on Sunday