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The Big Book of Hope Authors: Various· Poolbeg 2010

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By Elizabeth Rose Murray

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Through an assortment of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, the Big Book of Hope delivers exactly what you want from an anthology; quality writing, inspiring characters and the chance to raise funds for a worthy cause. With contributions from 42 Irish writers, media peroanailites, journalists and business people it is truly a remarkable collection.

A wide variety of talented writers, including Joseph O’Connor and Maeve Binchy, come together to create a compilation of original and memorable stories which move and educate the reader. The theme of hope is treated with wit, compassion and sensuality, without any hint of cliché.

Throughout the book, characters explode into life; whether it is an innocent child trying to make sense of the world, a worried parent struggling with the burden of responsibility or a widower trying to accept a new love.

·There are so many facets to the Big Book of Hope that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

·Some of my favourite quotes:

“Oh, Calloway Hart, you can no more capture your thoughts than the shore can capture the waves.” (Alex Barclay, p20, “Calloway Hart and the Town of Sable Forge”)

“On black teenage days I’d meander along, reading on the hoof, tripping over dog leads, stumbling over cracks in the pavement, my head buried in the book.” (Sarah Webb, p404, “Hope and JK Rowling”)

“Where love is deep, much will be accomplished.” (Ivy Bannister, p12, “Hope”)

Elizabeth Rose Murray is a writer who lives in Dublin. She was shortlisted for the 2009 Aesthestica Creative Works competition and has multiple poems, stories and pieces of flash fiction published. Elizabeth was the official blogger for the 2009 and 2010 Dublin Writers Festival and the 2009 Ulster Bank Theatre Festival. She is currently completing her first children’s novel.

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