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Sarah Butler is in her early thirties and lives in Manchester. She runs a consultancy which develops literature and arts projects that explore and question our relationship to place. She has been writer in residence on the Central Line, the Greenwich Peninsula, and at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and has taught creative writing for the British Council in Kuala Lumpur. Ten Things I've Learnt About Love is her first novel, and will be published in twelve languages around the world.


'A hymn to London -- poetic and incantatory. The gripping, hopeful love story is deftly threaded through wonderfully detailed, sensuous prose'. Martina Evans 'Sarah Butler writes a very real London, linking paths through the city with a moving, eloquent story of love, loss and family' Stella Duffy 'Heartbreaking and hopeful, Ten Things I've Learnt About Love criss-crosses London in a search for fathers and daughters, family and home. For anyone who has ever wondered where they belong, or to whom they belong, the answer can be found within Sarah Butler's tender debut novel' Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers 'A very enjoyable read ... subtle and clever' Clare Morrall, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Astonishing Splashes of Colour 'A tender and imaginative novel about love, belonging and the ties that bind, this is a beautifully written book that shows the reader contemporary London through the eyes of two people on personal journeys.'Choice magazine 'If this weren't billed as a debut novel, one would never know it. Sarah Butler writes with the deftness and delicacy of a master storyteller, giving us a compassionate, achingly beautiful rendering of a father and daughter.' Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound and When She Woke 'Graceful and subtle... love, in all its shape-shifting complexity, is at the core of this novel; that and the consequences -- good and bad -- of keeping secrets... The shifting and intricate dynamics of family life, and the vertiginously painful feelings of loss induced by relationship breakdown and bereavement, are written with imaginative precision. This is a thought- as well as emotion-provoking novel... It also sparkles with hope.' Independent on Sunday 'Increasingly suspenseful... a moving and satisfying debut' John Harding, Daily Mail 'A warm-hearted, hopeful fable about trying to stay true to yourself: about losing parents, building bridges and seeing miracles in the dust on the pavement' Maggie Gee 'This poignant novel about fathers and daughters, homecoming and restlessness, is also a love letter to London... Butler has viewed the city in all its weathers and moods, and this shines through on every page. Equally elegant are her observations of the emotional turmoil of her main characters as they pace the capital's highways and byways, united by a secret... A moving, life-affirming debut.'Marie Claire 'In a novel flitting between the perspectives of young Alice and homeless older gentleman Daniel, Butler gives an astute insight into both their worlds.' The Big Issue 'Explores the bonds and fractures between fathers and daughters... This is a novel strong in both style and substance that tells a poignant tale of hope and love regained' We Love This Book 'Exquisitely written... Butler writes with lucidity, compassion and a beautifully detailed eye for London and all its quirks' Metro

Alice, the youngest of three sisters, has felt oddly disconnected from her family since the death of her mother when she was four. Leaving her father and siblings and a failed romance in London, she sets out to travel the world, wandering from place to place until her sisters summon her home because their father is dying of pancreatic cancer. Alice is adrift and unsettled, unable to communicate her love to her father before he dies, and self-conscious about her choices when compared to her sisters. Alice alternates narration with Daniel, a 60-year old homeless man whose heart troubles are causing him to revisit his past, including the affair he had with a married woman. As Alice moves forward, cleaning her deceased father's house and making peace with her sisters, Daniel works up the courage to approach her. The relationship they build is unusual, and Butler's elegant prose-interspersed with thoughtful lists, such as "Ten things I know about my mother" and "Ten foods that stress me out," written by Alice and Daniel-makes this a moving debut. Agent: Andrew Kidd, Aitken Alexander Associates (U.K.). (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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