The showstopping debut from the author of the #1 Sunday Times bestseller ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE. A blind man spends his days roaming the beaches of Kenya collecting shells, classifying them by feeling their whorls, spines and folds in his fingers. A young woman discovers that she can explore the inner world of an animal’s mind by touching its freshly dead body. A refugee from Liberia, who cannot escape the horrors that he has witnessed, finds salvation in the clandestine act of burying the hearts of beached whales. In The Shell Collector Antony Doerr illuminates both the riotous dangers of the natural world and the rocky terrain of the human heart. ‘Extraordinary’ Guardian. ‘Exquisite’ The Times. ‘A show-stopping debut, as close to faultless as any writer could wish for’ L A Times. ‘I can think of very few authors who can put together a sentence with such ecstasy, whose words sing with music and such sheer rapture at what they embody’ The Times. ‘Doerr’s prose dazzles from the very beginning’ New York Times. ‘Unforgettable – not so much a book of short stories as a book of short myths’ Elizabeth Gilbert (author of EAT, PRAY, LOVE). Anthony Doerr has won numerous prizes for his fiction, including the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. His most recent novel, All the Light We Cannot See, was named a best book of 2014 by a number of publications, and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and #1 Sunday Times Bestseller.• A reissue of Anthony Doerr’s extraordinary debut – a short story collection that will take your breath away.• Jacketed to match ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE and the reissue of ABOUT GRACE.• 4th Estate have already sold over 40,000 copies of ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE. We have sold 20,000 TPB in Australia. In the US, it was an instant bestseller and hasn’t left the New York Times Top 10 Bestseller List since its publication in April. This is a real global literary sensation. It is one of 5 finalists for the National Book Awards.• The reissue of ABOUT GRACE has been very successful. In Australia and New Zealand, we have printed just under 20,000 copies for Australia and NZ and have sold 11,000 copies through bookscan in Australia alone since the re-release earlier this year.• Anthony Doerr was the winner of the 2011 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. In 2007 Granta hailed Anthony as one their 21 Best Young American novelists Competition: Andrea Barrett, Jhumpa Lahiri, Thoreau, Emerson.
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