The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr

Frances Maynard

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2018 Nominee

Society of Authors: McKitterick Prize

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12 July 2018
400 pages

'Wonderful' Rosie Walsh

Funny, heart-warming and ultimately triumphant, The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard is the perfect story for anyone who doesn’t quite fit in – and for everyone who chooses not to.

Elvira Carr is twenty-seven, neuro-atypical, and has never lived alone. But her father – who she suspects was in the secret service – is dead, and when her mother has a stroke and is taken into care, Elvira suddenly finds herself home alone. In order to cope, Elvira – who knows a lot about biscuits and supermarkets, but not much about life – develops Seven Rules for interacting with others. Not even her rules can help her, however, when she’s faced with solving a mystery she didn’t know existed . . .

'Big-hearted and charming' James Hannah

Absolutely fantastic

Rosie Walsh, author of The Man Who Didn't Call

Funny and heart-warming, Elvira is our new hero

The Sun, Fabulous magazine

Big-hearted and charming . . . Elvira manages to conjure up the one thing we could all do with: a cheat sheet for the painful puzzle of everyday life

James Hannah, author of The A to Z of You and Me