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The One-in-a-Million Boy: The touching novel of a 104-year-old woman's friendship with a boy you'll never forget

Monica Wood

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Monica Wood's unforgettable novel about a boy in a million - and the 104-year-old woman who saves his family.

THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY is for anyone who loves to laugh, cry, and think about how extraordinary ordinary life can be. Not to be missed by readers who loved THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY, ELIZABETH IS MISSING or THE SHOCK OF THE FALL.

The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don't they teach you anything at school?

So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who's been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she's confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades.

One Saturday, he doesn't show up. Ona starts to think he's not so special after all, but then his father Quinn arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son's good deed. The boy's mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that even at her age the world can surprise you, and that sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find yourself again.

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Praise for The One-in-a-Million Boy: The touching novel of a 104-year-old woman's friendship with a boy you'll never forget

  • Curl up and enjoy this bewitching novel - Woman & Home

  • A lovely, quirky novel about misfits across generations - Daily Mail

  • A whimsical and bittersweet story about finding friendship in the most unlikely places - Good Housekeeping

  • Razor sharp while packing a heart-wrenchingly powerful emotional punch... Beautifully written, cleverly constructed, at times hilariously funny and ultimately deeply affecting - this should be a smash - Sunday Mirror

  • Delightful. It's a hugely engaging look at how lives can be remade in the most unexpected of ways - Sunday Express

  • Heartwarming... beautifully sketched characters... life-affirming ***** - Stylist

  • A beguiling, heart-wrenching and funny book... Absolutely gorgeous - Psychologies

  • This inspirational tale of friendship, world records and following dreams is a stunner - Heat

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Monica Wood

Monica Wood is an award-winning, bestselling novelist and memoirist. Born in Maine, New England, to an Irish Catholic family, she worked as a guidance counsellor and in a nursing home before becoming a full-time writer. She is also a singer, and travelled the New England circuit singing jazz, country, pop and gospel for many years. She lives in Maine with her husband.

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