Celestial Navigation

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Random House, Apr 10, 2012 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Jeremy is a child-like, painfully shy batchelor who has never left home. He lives on the third floor of his mother's boarding house and spends his days cutting up coloured paper to make mosaic sculptures - until the day his mother dies and the beautiful Mary Tell arrives to turn his world upside down.

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amateur Marriage and Digging to America.


‘She’s changed my perception on life’ Anna Chancellor

‘One of my favourite authors ’ Liane Moriarty

‘She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan

‘Anne Tyler has no peer’ Anita Shreve

‘My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the world’ Nick Hornby

‘A masterly author’ Sebastian Faulks

‘Tyler is not merely good, she is wickedly good’ John Updike

‘I love Anne Tyler’ Anita Brookner

‘Her fiction has strength of vision, originality, freshness, unconquerable humour’ Eudora Welty

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Quite a thoughtful book, with good characterisation - Goodreads
... the ending left me a bit deflated. - Goodreads
I love Anne Tyler's writing. - Goodreads
Enjoyed except for ending. - Goodreads
Her writing is lovely, as always. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Bernadette - Goodreads

A sad and depressing ending, otherwise vintage Anne Tyler. Read full review

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User Review  - Caroline - Goodreads

I love Anne Tyler and this book was no exception. She blows life itself into her characters. The sad story of Jeremy, a mentally ill sculptor, who is filled with hope and love when new tenant Mary arrives with her daughter. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons and many other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Saint Maybe, Ladder of Years, A Patchwork Planet, Back When We Were Grownups, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America and The Beginner's Goodbye. In 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English' and in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, which recognises a lifetime's achievement in books. Her most recent novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, was a Sunday Times bestseller and shortlisted for both the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize 2015.

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