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Win read and review copies of Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life, plus a virtual author visit

Bonnier is delighted to offer reading groups the opportunity to pitch to receive 10 proof copies of Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life, plus the chance to win a virtual visit from the author, Caroline Day.

About Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life

Meet Hope Nicely.
She’s the character you won’t be able to resist falling in love with,
in the novel that you probably really need right now.

Hope Nicely hasn’t had an easy life. But she’s happy enough living with her mum, Jenny Nicely, and she loves her job, walking other people’s dogs. She’s a bit different, but as Jenny always tells her, she’s a rainbow person, a special drop of light. It’s just… there’s something she needs to know. Why did her birth mother abandon her in a cardboard box on a church step twenty-five years ago? And did she know that drinking while pregnant could lead to Hope being born with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder? In a bid to find her birth mother and the answers to these questions, Hope decides to write her autobiography. Despite having been bullied throughout school, Hope bravely joins an evening class where she will not only learn the lessons of writing, but may also begin to discover more about the world around her, about herself and even make some (human) friends. But when Jenny suddenly falls ill, Hope realises there are many more lessons to come…

Be charmed by 2021’s most unforgettable heroine with Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life (publishing 4 March 2021)

‘I can honestly say I’ve never read a book quite like Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life. I knew from page one that this novel was something special, but I didn’t realise that I could care for a fictional character as deeply as I came to care for Hope.’ – Sarah Bauer, Senior Editor at Bonnier Books UK

How to get involved

To pitch to receive 10 proof copies of Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life, please complete the short survey below by Monday 18 January. Successful groups will be sent their copies to the address provided and one group whose members’ share their reviews by late March will have the opportunity to have Caroline join them for a virtual book chat.


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