On the one hand When God Was a Rabbit is your classic coming-of-age novel: spanning four decades of Elly’s relationship with her brother Joe. But with it’s eccentric characters – think a Shirley Bassey-wannabe ‘aunt’ or a rabbit named God – and dark twists it’s both absorbing and utterly unique. As the author Sarah Winman puts it: ‘It’s a love story between siblings – about secrets forged in childhood and the adult consequences of those secrets. It’s about the strength of family; about best friendship. It’s about loss and being able to start again.’
When God Was A Rabbit is especially impressive considering it is the author’s debut novel. Winman made the move from acting – you would have spotted her in The Bill and Holby City – to writing last year. And judging by this impressive novel, we reckon she’s got a long career ahead of her. Buy When God Was a Rabbit for up to 50% off the recommended retail price here and check out the other Grazia 10 Hot Reads, too. Perfect beach reading!
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