A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman
PUBLISHED (paperback) 28/12/2015
This book sang to me.
It was many songs at once – a love song, a lullaby and a sea shanty all rolled into one glorious ballad.
The themes of friendship and love, of new beginnings and meaningful endings are uplifting and inspiring. The story tells of a year in the life of 89-year-old Marvellous Ways who has lived all her life in and around an old boathouse up a secluded creek in Cornwall. Her memories of past passions and pains become entwined with the lives of other fabulously named characters- broken soldier Francis Drake, star baker Peace and Paper Jack. In sorting out the memories of her own life, Marvellous brings comfort and hope to those around her.