The End Of The Alphabet

C.S. Richardson

Published: 2 March 2009
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 128 pages
ISBN: 9781846271113


Some time around his fiftieth birthday, Ambrose Zephyr fails his annual medical check-up. An illness of inexplicable origin with no known or foreseeable cure is diagnosed and it will kill him within a month. Give or take a day. In the time that remains, he decides to travel to all the places he has most loved or ever wanted to visit, in strict alphabetical order. And so Ambrose and his wife Zipper embark on a strange adventure that takes them further and further away from home and doesn't quite turn out as either of them had expected.

About the author

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CS Richardson's first novel, The End of the Alphabet, was an international bestseller published in thirteen countries and ten languages. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Canada & the Caribbean), it was named to four Best of the Year lists and was adapted for radio drama by BBC's Radio 4. Richardson is also an accomplished and award-winning book designer. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. More about the author


‘[An] appealing book ... it has a genuine and tender heart’



‘A quirky, feel-good [story]’

‘A sad and sweet debut, with prose as taut as a spider's web - a tear-stained goodbye note and a heartfelt love letter’

‘A stunning accomplishment. To say so much in so few words is breathtaking. If Alphabet doesn't become the next Tuesdays with Morrie, there's something wrong with the world. Though it's nothing like Tuesdays - because it's so much more. Give it to the one you love; to someone who has lost, or is losing, someone; and to anyone who needs to hope, who needs to cry, or who needs to really dream. It's that powerful’

‘An elegant, spare and beautifully written tale. The surprise of this little book is not that it is poignant but that it is delightful: graceful, stylish, humorous, and intelligent - each page shimmers with life at its gentle, everyday best’

‘This book promises enchantment as soon as you pick it up’ Claire Rayner

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