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  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hodder & Stoughton

Reasons To Go Outside: an uplifting, heartwarming novel about unexpected friendship and bravery

Esme King

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A heartwarming and uplifting debut about the power of friendship, facing your fears, and finding the courage to step into the rest of your life

Pearl Winter hasn't been outside in forty-three years.

Since she arrived in Dartmoor as a teenager, her isolated cottage has been her whole world. A place of safety. But now Pearl is utterly alone - except for the postman, the local crows, and her memories of the summer when her life turned upside down.

Connor Matthews feels like a stranger in his own home.

Since his mother's death he's been adrift - from the life that's been mapped out for him, and from his dad's new girlfriend, who is busy painting him out of the family, one wall at a time.

But when Connor takes a summer job as Pearl's gardener, their unexpected friendship opens the door to a fresh start for them both. If they can just take the first step . . .

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Esme King

Esme King is a former news journalist and an award-winning short film writer and director. She was inspired to write Reasons To Go Outside after interviewing a woman with agoraphobia. Esme lives in Devon with her husband, two children and rescue dogs, Monty and Milo.

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