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Discover the captivating first novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Still Life.

‘Gloriously offbeat . . . beautifully true’ THE TIMES

‘A fabulously quirky novel’ WOMAN & HOME

‘Funny, recognizably true and heartbreaking’ STYLIST

The year Paris takes to the streets.
The year Martin Luther King loses his life for a dream.
The year Eleanor Maud Portman is born.

Young Elly’s world is shaped by those who inhabit it: her loving but maddeningly distractible parents; a best friend who smells of chips and knows exotic words like ‘slag’; an ageing fop who tap-dances his way into her home, a Shirley Bassey impersonator who trails close behind; lastly, of course, a rabbit called God.

In a childhood peppered with moments both ordinary and extraordinary, Elly’s one constant is her brother Joe. Twenty years on, Elly and Joe are fully grown and as close as they ever were. Until, that is, one bright morning when a single, earth-shattering event threatens to destroy their bond forever.

Spanning four decades and moving between suburban Essex, the wild coast of Cornwall and the streets of New York, this is a story about childhood, eccentricity, the darker side of love and sex, the pull and power of family ties, loss and life.

More than anything, it’s a story about love . . . in all its forms.


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‘This book will have you howling with laughter one minute and reaching for the tissues the next’ RED

‘Perfectly captures the hazy, magical nature of youth and all its mysteries’ ELLE

‘Every once in a while a book comes along that makes you grateful you can read’ HEAT

‘An affecting and original debut’ LIBRARY JOURNAL

‘A story of siblings, friendship, secrets and love, told with sadness and humour’ MARIE CLAIRE

‘At times laugh-out-loud funny, at others gut-wrenchingly sad . . . so original, well-observed and believable’ EASY LIVING

‘Wonderfully wise and compellingly readable . . . a remarkable first novel’ BOOKLIST

‘Tantalisingly imaginative’ METRO


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‘Sarah Winman is one of the greatest storytellers of our time’ JOANNA CANNON

‘The sheer joy in Sarah Winman’s storytelling is completely infectious’ GRAHAM NORTON

‘Moving, wise, poetic and funny’ DAILY MAIL

‘Winman’s pages teem with boisterous, exuberant life’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘A joyous, summery ode to love’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘Exquisite . . . There are not enough superlatives to contain the magnitude and beauty of this novel’ SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

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'At times laugh-out-loud funny, at others gut-wrenchingly sad, the book is peppered with unique and complex characters who are so original, well-observed and believable that you'll be completely absorbed into their world'
Easy Living
'A story of siblings, friendship, secrets and love, told with sadness and humour'
Marie Claire
'A genuinely captivating read'
'In the way that David Nicholls' ONE DAY follows two people through their lives, this traces a family story over four decades in the most unexpected way'
Red Magazine
Good Housekeeping
'It's rare to find a novel you're recommending to friends, family and colleagues by page 60 but When God Was A Rabbit is just that kind of book... it's funny (embarrassingly so on public transport), recognizably true and heart-breaking in equal measure... A truly great book to lose yourself in; prepare to bore everyone else around you by telling them just how much they need to read it'