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Rae is 10 years old, and she’s tough. She’s had to be: life with her mother has taught her the world is not her friend. Now suddenly her mum is gone and Rae is alone, except for her dog Splinter.

Rae can do a lot of things pretty well for a kid. She can take care of herself and Splints, stay under the radar at school and keep the front yard neat enough that the neighbours won’t get curious. But she is gnawed at by fear and sadness, haunted by the shadow of a terrible secret.

Lettie, who lives next door, might know more about Rae than she lets on. But she has her own reasons for keeping the world at arm’s length. When Rae finds out what they are, it seems like she and Lettie could help each other.

But how long can a friendship last when it’s based on secrets?

Tender, funny, heartbreaking - A Million Things is a story of grief and resilience, told with eloquent simplicity. In brave, spiky Rae, Emily Spurr has created a character you will never forget.

©2021 Emily Spurr (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

“An original and impressively assured debut. A gem of a novel.” (Graeme Simsion)

“Poignant, uplifting and beautifully written.” (Catherine Jinks)

"Direct, assured writing, hard-hitting emotion and a wonderful sense of optimism. A Million Things is a debut to treasure, with characters whose dignity shines through their struggles.” (Jock Serong) 

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So disappointed . Absolutely loving the book however, half way through the audio skips ahead a few seconds every minute or so. Contacted audible who helped to troubleshoot and re install but same things keeps happening. Can’t finish as it’s so frustrating.

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