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Publisher's Summary

Waterstones Welsh Book of the Month!

Here Henry was, once again in a bustling train station, ready to resume where he had left off all those years ago....

Finding Henry Applebee is a charming, tender and uplifting story about unlikely friendships, the power of love - and how it’s never too late to change your life.

Perfect for fans of The Single Ladies of the Jacaranda Retirement Village and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

Eighty-five-year-old Henry Arthur Applebee has had a pretty good life. But one regret has haunted him for the last 65 years.

And so, on an ordinary December morning, he boards a train from London to Edinburgh. His goal is simple: to find the woman who disappeared from his life decades earlier.

But Henry isn’t the only person on a mission. Also bound for Edinburgh is troubled teen Ariel. And when the two strangers collide, what began as one humble journey will catapult them both into a whole new world....

©2019 Celia Reynolds (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Beautifully written, wonderfully warm, a lovely, gentle, feel-good story perfect for this time of year." (Zara Stoneley, best-selling author of The Wedding Date)

"An absolute delight. It’s beautiful and elegiac and written with such a good heart." (BAFTA award-winning screenwriter and producer Russell T. Davies OBE)

"Charming, poignant and truthfully told." (Joanna Toye, author of the Shop Girls series)

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  • SusanE
  • 29-07-2020

Glad I persevered

I nearly gave up on this book early on as it took me a while to get used to the narration, but really glad I didn’t, a charming story, really lovely.

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  • Denty
  • 22-11-2020

I loved this book!!

This is the best book I've read/listened to for ages!! A fantastic story featuring beautiful intergenerational friendships

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  • Ian
  • 09-10-2020

loved.

I loved this book but the narrative wasn't the best; he read to fast for the nature of the story. Definitely worth listening to.

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  • J. Booker
  • 28-08-2020

Lovely

Such a sweet story of love and friendship. Beautifully written and well read, I listened to it in just a couple of days :-).

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  • GNOME
  • 20-08-2020

Light and joyous

There is a light, well written and well read book. Zipped through this book but, very enjoyable all about life's misunderstandings and how they can change the pattern of a life. Lovely to read a book about someone at the end of their life and how relationships can still be made with young people - delightful. Perfect holiday reading.

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  • Ms Berghard
  • 16-07-2020

Shed a tear at the end..

What a touching novel and super narration. Gentle, emotive and heart warming AND breaking all at once.

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  • Paheyes
  • 07-07-2020

lovely story

I did love the characters, but found it a little far fetched in places.

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