The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr

Frances Maynard

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2018 Nominee

Society of Authors: McKitterick Prize

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24 August 2017
9781509844784
667 minutes
Charlie Sanderson
Synopsis

'Big-hearted and charming.' - James Hannah, author of The A to Z of You and Me

Funny, heartwarming 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 and neuro-atypical. Her father – who she suspects was in the secret service – has passed away and, after several Unfortunate Incidents growing up, she now spends most of her time at home with her overbearing mother. But when her mother has a stroke and is taken into care, Elvira is suddenly forced to look after herself or risk ending up in Sheltered Accommodation. Armed with her Seven Rules, which she puts together after online research, Elvira hopes to learn how to navigate a world that’s full of people she doesn’t understand. Not even the Seven Rules can help her, however, when she discovers that everything she thought she knew about her father was a lie, and is faced with solving a mystery she didn’t even know existed . . .

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

Charming . . . Ellie will make readers smile and occasionally want to take her under a protective arm

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