A startling, first-person debut and a unique, spirit-soaring love story.
This isn't an ordinary love story. But then Grace isn't an ordinary girl. 'Disgusting,' said the nurse. And when no more could be done, they put her away, aged eleven. On her first day at the Briar Mental Institute, Grace meets Daniel. He sees a different Grace: someone to share secrets and canoodle with, someone to fight for. Debonair Daniel, who can type with his feet, fills Grace's head with tales from Paris and the world beyond. This is Grace's story: her life, its betrayals and triumphs, disappointment and loss, the taste of freedom; roses, music and tiny scraps of paper. Most of all, it is about the love of a lifetime.
Emma Henderson ran a ski chalet in France for several years. She now lives in London and this is her first novel.
'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
'Mesmerising... an incredible journey through love, loss, bittersweet triumph and disaster'. — Sunday Herald
'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
A quirky and clever debut... this is an honest and witty insight into mental illness. — Stylist
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
'In her protagonist, Grace Williams, debut novelist Emma Henderson has created a complex and compelling character...although Grace can only speak in two-syllable sentences, Henderson's use of first-person narrative reveals her vibrant inner life. The skilfully constructed word-play, repetition and rhythm of Grace's voice are perceptive, poetic and often funny...This dynamic first novel is reassuringly upbeat.' — Independent