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A Spark of Light

from the author everyone should be reading

By Jodi Picoult

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A powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives intersecting during a moment of heart-stopping crisis.


'A writer the world needs to be reading right now' The Independent

'An apposite and nuanced novel... Picoult writes about an emotive, controversial issue with unflinching precision.' Red

'A very special novel about a very difficult subject.' Grazia

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

The Center for women's reproductive health offers a last chance at hope - but nobody ends up there by choice.

Its very existence is controversial, and to the demonstrators who barricade the building every day, the service it offers is no different from legalised murder.

Now life and death decisions are being made horrifyingly real: a lone protester with a gun has taken the staff, patients and visitors hostage.

Starting at the tensest moment in the negotiations for their release, A Spark of Light unravels backwards, revealing hour by urgent hour what brought each of these people - the gunman, the negotiator, the doctors, nurses and women who have come to them for treatment - to this point.

And certainties unwind as truths and secrets are peeled away, revealing the complexity of balancing the right to life with the right to choose.

Biographical Notes

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-four internationally bestselling novels, including My Sister's Keeper, The Storyteller and Small Great Things, and has also co-written two YA books with her daughter Samantha van Leer, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children. Jodi's UK website is and she can be found on Facebook and Twitter at and She also has a YouTube channel

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  • ISBN: 9781444788129
  • Publication date: 30 Oct 2018
  • Page count: 368
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
A writer the world needs to be reading right now — The Independent
An apposite and nuanced novel... Picoult writes about an emotive, controversial issue with unflinching precision — Red
An urgent, shocking and human story. — Daisy Buchanan
It is hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes — Financial Times
Expertly written... This topical novel presents both sides of the ever-present abortion debate in the form of a harrowing, thought-provoking story that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page — The Book Bag
With an intricate backward-weaving structure, a host of compelling voices and her captivating tone, this is a very special novel about a very difficult subject — Grazia
...this emotionally charged and thought-provoking drama cements Picoult's status as one of the most fearless novelists writing today. A Spark of Light is not only topical, unflinching and utterly compelling, it's also an important read. — Heat
Like a modern Mrs Gaskell or a contemporary such as John Grisham, her intelligent, meticulously researched novels explore ethical dilemmas through heartrending, headline-grabbing scenarios — The Sunday Times
Picoult's novels are meticulously researched and she never shies away from controversial material. Told in reverse chronological order, each character's story draws the reader in — Women and Home
Jodi Picoult's novels are always thought-provoking and her new one, A Spark of Light, addresses abortion rights. — Good Housekeeping
Full of topical issues, this is a great book club read — Prima
A special, important and powerful read. Jodi Picoult doesn't play safe - she examines, and pokes and brutally honestly tells us how it really is, and she always stays professional. — On My Bookshelf
A book that will no doubt inspire debate. Jodi has done a marvellous job of writing a novel fraught with tension and difficult situations. Her writing shows that she has done an incredible amount of research... It is a hard hitting novel and difficult topics have been handed incredibly well. — Books and Lovely Things
A second after I read the last page I turned back to the start and read the whole thing again... I loved everything about it: the structure, the characters, the prose... all wonderful. — Clare Mackintosh
A timely, powerful and emotive novel — Sunday Mirror
She has delivered a tough yet compassionate read that is guaranteed to spark debate — Irish Independent
A thought-provoking read that explores the intertwined fates of a group of very human characters — Woman's Weekly
The tense novel tackles two of the biggest issues facing America today: abortion and gun control and unravels what bought these people to this point — Evening Standard
A truly powerful, thought-provoking - and timely - read — Image Magazine
Meticulously researched... The reverse narrative works exceptionally well — Irish Sunday Independent
A matchless talent for hitting emotional notes — Irish Times
The queen of issue-based fiction — Best Magazine
Picoult creates a gripping novel that explores the tough decisions people face very day — Happiful