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Publisher's Summary

The showstopping debut from the author of the number one Sunday Times best seller 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. 

©2002 Anthony Doerr (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Extraordinary." (Guardian)

"Exquisite." (The Times)

"A show-stopping debut, as close to faultless as any writer could wish for." (LA Times)

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Short stories!

This author writes very well. I didn’t enjoy the book because it was essentially a collection of short stories, and I’m not a fan of those.

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Exquisite Storytelling

What a grasp of the language has Anthony Doerr. His descriptions and narratives are spellbinding. The stories in this book gripped me from start to finish and left me almost breathless. He's a writer, in my opinion, who has no equal when it comes to taking the reader (or listener) on a wonderful literary journey. And the narrator, Robert G. Slade, complements it all perfectly.

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  • Mr Céline Besson Potts
  • 18-12-2017

Beautiful

This is such a beautiful collection of short stories, with a hint of magic realism. Some of the descriptions are breathtaking. ‘The Hunter’s Wife’ and ‘Mkondo’ affected me the most, but I loved all the stories. The performance was excellent, giving enough time to appreciate and savour Anthony Doerr delectable writing.

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