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Because of You: The Instant Sunday Times bestseller 2020

Because of You: The Instant Sunday Times bestseller 2020 by Dawn French

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  • Women's Prize for Fiction longlist 2021

By Dawn French

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Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . . midnight.

The old millennium turns into the new.

In the same hospital, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.

Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl.

Anna leaves with empty arms.

Seventeen years later, the gods who keep watch over broken-hearted mothers wreak mighty revenge, and the truth starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.

The power of mother-love will be tested to its limits.

Perhaps beyond . . .

Because Of You is Dawn French’s stunning new novel, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.


19 Apr 2021


Because of You is a story of love and loss and the unbreakable bond between a mother and child.

The books opens on the New Year's Eve 1999 - two women, Hope and Anna, give birth but only one leaves with a baby. The book then switches between the aftermath of that life-changing night and the present day.

Aspects of the story are far-fetched and some of the characters are larger than life but that doesn't detract from the story and gives moments of lightness to the emotional turmoil. However, Hope and Anna are very credible and draw you into their stories.

This is an entertaining, hear-warming read.

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