Sadie Pearse - This Child of Ours - Little, Brown Book Group

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • Paperback
    More information
    • ISBN:9780751563801
    • Publication date:10 Jan 2019

This Child of Ours

A daughter's cry for help is tearing her parents apart

By Sadie Pearse

  • E-Book
  • £P.O.R.

'An important and moving story' Clare Mackintosh
This Child of Ours is an astonishingly insightful and touching debut novel from Sadie Pearse.

Why people love This Child of Ours...

'Excellent... An important and moving story'
CLARE MACKINTOSH

'This book broke my heart and gently pieced it back together'
CATHY BRAMLEY

'Thought-provoking, moving and incredibly insightful'
AMANDA BROOKE

'Heart-wrenching'
THE SUN

If you've been watching and enjoying Butterfly on ITV then this book is perfect for you.
---------------------
You know what's best for your child.
Don't you?

Riley Pieterson is an adventurous girl with lots of questions. There's plenty she doesn't know yet; what a human brain looks like. All the constellations in the night sky. Why others can't see her the way she sees herself.

When Riley confides in her parents - Sally and Theo - that she feels uncomfortable in her own skin, a chain of events begins that changes their lives forever. Sally wants to support her daughter by helping her be who she dreams of being. Theo resists; he thinks Riley is a seven-year-old child pushing boundaries. Both believe theirs is the only way to protect Riley and keep her safe.

With the wellbeing of their child at stake, Sally and Theo's relationship is pushed to breaking point. To save their family, each of them must look deeply at who they really are.

A story of a marriage in crisis and a child caught in the middle, this is a beautiful novel of parents and their children, and how far we're prepared to go in the name of love.
Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Laurie Frankel, Kate Hewitt and Jill Childs.

WHAT AUTHORS AND READERS ARE SAYING:

'I absolutely loved this book'
5* NETGALLEY

'A truly sensitive and involving novel about gender, identity and family'
KEITH STUART

'A fantastic read with a sensitive subject at its heart'
5* NETGALLEY

'Absolutely beautiful'
RACHEL BURTON

'Thought-provoking, nerve-wracking and poignantly relevant'
5* NETGALLEY

Biographical Notes

Sadie Pearse grew up in London, where she still lives with her family. She wrote stories as a girl, photocopying and stapling the pages together and selling them on her doorstep for 20p each. She then worked as an editor at a major publishing house, taught English in Latin America, and learned to surf, before starting to write again.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780751563795
  • Publication date: 23 Aug 2018
  • Page count:
  • Imprint: Sphere
Excellent read, perfect for book clubs... An important and moving story. — Clare Mackintosh
Sadie Pearse has written a truly sensitive and involving novel about gender, identity and family that has important things to say, but does so with warmth and great storytelling. It feels like a book that all modern parents should read — Keith Stuart
This book broke my heart and gently pieced it back together. It is original, sensitive and intensely moving and I was constantly questioning myself: what would I do. An incredibly accomplished novel. — Cathy Bramley
Heart-wrenching — Fabulous Magazine
An important story that will prompt discussion — Good Housekeeping
The kind of book that everyone will have an opinion on. Thought-provoking, moving and incredibly insightful. — Amanda Brooke
A thoughtful and sensitive account of parenting a transgender child and the emotional and practical challenges it raises. — Cath Staincliffe
Absolutely brilliant — Rachel Burton
There is nothing more I can say than I absolutely loved this book. What a sensitive issue, dealt with beautifully. — 5* Netgalley review
Thought-provoking, nerve-wracking and poignantly relevant — 5* Netgalley review
A fantastic read with a sensitive subject at its heart — 5* Netgalley review
Really really enjoyed this book about a subject I'd not really thought of before. — 5* Netgalley review
Sphere

Whisper Network

Chandler Baker
Authors:
Chandler Baker
Piatkus

The Au Pair

Emma Rous
Authors:
Emma Rous
Robinson

From Daughter to Woman

Kim McCabe
Authors:
Kim McCabe

'A refreshingly healthy take on social media and particularly good on body image' Lorraine Candy, Sunday TimesThe teen years are tough - for teens and for parents. Many parents dread the moodiness, dishonesty, preference of friends over family, exam stress, and the push for greater independence. Mothers have a pivotal role to play; this is a guidebook for parents and mothers of girls in particular as they navigate the rocky teenage landscape with their daughters aged 8 to 18. It aims to help them embrace the potential of their child's teenage years by marking this time of growing maturity for girls and celebrating it with them. We celebrate birth, marriage and death, but this important life-transition from child to young adult is nowadays rarely acknowledged within an appropriate community.With mental health issues in young people on the rise, and social media, reality television and smartphone culture serving to exacerbate these problems, it is no surprise that parents are looking for help in raising their daughters through these tricky years. From Daughter to Woman is the indispensable guide to doing just that.

Fleet

The Great Believers

Rebecca Makkai
Authors:
Rebecca Makkai
Sphere

All That She Can See

Carrie Hope Fletcher
Authors:
Carrie Hope Fletcher

The Top Three Sunday Times bestselling novel from Carrie Hope Fletcher, the author of On the Other Side. A story of love, food and a little bit of magic, All That She Can See is an enchanting and beautiful novel that's guaranteed to be the most magical story you'll read all year. Feelings are part of life - feelings are life. If you take away what people feel, you take away anything meaningful. Wanting to diminish the evil in this world is a good cause, one I have fought for the majority of my life, but not like this . . . Cherry has a hidden talent. She can see things other people can't and she decided a long time ago to use this skill to help others. As far as the rest of the town is concerned she's simply the kind-hearted young woman who runs the local bakery, but in private she uses her gift to add something special to her cakes so that after just one mouthful the townspeople start to feel better about their lives. They don't know why they're drawn to Cherry's bakery - they just know that they're safe there and that's how Cherry likes it. She can help them in secret and no one will ever need to know the truth behind her gift. And then Chase turns up and threatens to undo all the good Cherry has done. Because it turns out she's not the only one who can see what she sees . . .

Sphere

Million Love Songs

Carole Matthews
Authors:
Carole Matthews
Sphere

Before Evil

Alex Kava
Authors:
Alex Kava

'O'Dell could be Reacher's long-lost twin' LEE CHILDSpecial Agent Maggie O'Dell doesn't need to set foot at a crime scene to catch a serial killer. From her small Quantico office, she's profiled criminals using just Polaroids and faxed copies of evidence from homicide detectives across the country.Then comes Albert Stucky . . . and nothing will ever be the same.Stucky is a sadistic madman who places pieces of his victims in takeout containers and leaves them for innocent bystanders to find. He enjoys his twisted games as much as he enjoys the kill. And when Maggie is tasked with profiling his murders, Stucky is only too happy to rise to the challenge:'Let the chase begin.'New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava returns with a heart-stopping new thriller featuring special agent Maggie O'Dell, who will face one of the most terrifying serial killers of her career.'Rip-roaring action that only builds in intensity with every page' TESS GERRITSEN

Abacus

Killing Monica

Candace Bushnell
Authors:
Candace Bushnell
Sphere

I See You

Clare Mackintosh
Authors:
Clare Mackintosh
Virago

Angela Carter's Book Of Wayward Girls And Wicked Women

Angela Carter
Authors:
Angela Carter

This bestselling collection of stories extols the female virtues of discontent, sexual disruptiveness and bad manners Here are subversive tales - by Ama Ata Aidoo, Jane Bowles, Angela Carter, Colette, Bessie Head, Jamaica Kincaid and Katherine Mansfield among others - all have one thing in common: the wish to restore adventuresses and revolutionaries to their rightful position as models for all womenReflecting the wide-ranging intelligence and deliciously anarchic taste of Angela Carter, some of these stories celebrate toughness and resilience, some of them low cunning: all of them are about not being nice.

Virago

The Talented Mr Ripley

Patricia Highsmith
Authors:
Patricia Highsmith
Sphere

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery

Jenny Colgan
Authors:
Jenny Colgan

Voted Best Feel Good Read by Women & Home Readers!Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn't be happier. Because Polly is in love: she's in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she's in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she's in love with her boyfriend, Huckle. And yet there's something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that's floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend's fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he'd left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence. Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?

Virago

Lila

Marilynne Robinson
Authors:
Marilynne Robinson

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2015Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and widower, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security.Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood of itinerant work. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand-to-mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a lucky knife to protect them. But despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life is laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to harmonize the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves.Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Orange Prize-winning Home, Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence.

Sphere

The Silkworm

Robert Galbraith
Authors:
Robert Galbraith

'Teems with sly humour, witty asides and intelligence ... A pleasure to read' TIMES-----Now a major BBC drama: The Strike seriesWhen novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.*** The latest book in the thrilling Strike series, LETHAL WHITE is out now! ***-----PRAISE FOR THE STRIKE SERIES: 'One of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years' MARK BILLINGHAM'The work of a master storyteller' DAILY TELEGRAPH'Unputdownable. . . Irresistible' SUNDAY TIMES'Will keep you up all night' OBSERVER'A thoroughly enjoyable classic' PETER JAMES, SUNDAY EXPRESS

Abacus

Sunshine on Scotland Street

Alexander McCall Smith
Authors:
Alexander McCall Smith
Virago

The Corner That Held Them

Sylvia Townsend Warner
Authors:
Sylvia Townsend Warner
Sphere

Lovers And Losers

Paul Burston
Authors:
Paul Burston

Tony used to be a winner: five consecutive Top Ten hits, a haircut that was imitated by every Top of the Pops fan, and a coke habit that was little short of legendary. Of course this was back in the 80s, when Tony was part of pop duo A Boy and His Diva, singers of the synth-pop classic 'Lovers and Losers'. In 1984 they were the biggest band in Britain. That is before Katrina, the other half of the duo, had her heart broken and the friendship was destroyed. Now in his forties, missing his fame and his hairline, Tony has signed up for a new reality TV show called The Clink. This could be the ideal opportunity to relaunch the band and revive his comatose career. There's just one problem: Tony and Katrina haven't spoken in years. Meanwhile, Katrina is busy arranging a funeral for a cherished friend, and coping with his estranged mother. When Tony knocks on her door, his arrival reopens old wounds and raises some very uncomfortable questions.Paul Burston's third novel is a wise, witty and evocative novel about the decade of excess, and its many legacies - New Romantics, gender benders, electro-pop and AIDS.

Sphere

Meet Me At The Cupcake Café

Jenny Colgan
Authors:
Jenny Colgan
Orbit

The Gypsy Morph

Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks

***50 MILLION TERRY BROOKS COPIES SOLD AROUND THE WORLD***THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES IS NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES'Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world' Philip PullmanThe last cities have fallen. Demons and once-men swarm the ravaged landscape of the former United States. A small band of survivors - the elves of Cintra and a ragtag group of human children and their protectors - flees northward toward a safe haven promised by the mystical King of the Silver River. To reach it, they must follow the boy named Hawk - now revealed as the legendary gypsy morph.With two Knights of the Word as their only protection, the brave remnant faces attacks on all sides. At stake are the survival of races human and elf - and the beginning of a new world for both.Praise for Terry Brooks:'A master of the craft . . . required reading' Brent Weeks'I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the years' Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind'I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara' Peter V. Brett, author of The Painted Man'If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy' Christopher Paolini, author of EragonThe Genesis of Shannara trilogy:ARMAGEDDON'S CHILDRENTHE ELVES OF CINTRATHE GYPSY MORPH

Sphere

Star People

Paul Burston
Authors:
Paul Burston

Sex, drugs, diva tantrums: if you're on the A list, you can get away with murder ... but there's still one taboo left in Hollywood. If you're an all-action movie star hero, and you're gay, then your home is in the closet. End of discussion. Matt Walsh is at the very top of the Hollywood ladder. He easily commands $20 million per film, and every one is a box office smash. But Walsh has a secret: his lover Billy West, a rent-boy with the fragility of Monroe and the body of Brad Pitt. When British hack Simon Fowler is sent out to write a grovelling vanity piece on Walsh, he unearths the star's secret life, and a story that could destroy him. Walsh has a long way to fall, and he could take a lot of people with him.STAR PEOPLE hops over the velvet rope and points its telephoto lens at a cast of stars, hookers, paparazzi and scarier-than-hell PR bitches. The result is a smart, fast-paced and wildly entertaining novel about love, fame, jealousy . . . and murder.