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Space Hopper

the most recommended debut of 2021

THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY DEBUT OF 2021

This is a story about taking a leap of faith
And believing the unbelievable
 
They say those we love never truly leave us, and I’ve found that to be true. But not in the way you might expect. In fact, none of this is what you’d expect.
 
I’ve been visiting my mother who died when I was eight.
And I’m talking about flesh and blood, tea-and-biscuits-on-the-table visiting here.
 
Right now, you probably think I’m going mad. 
Let me explain…
 
Although Faye is happy with her life, the loss of her mother as a child weighs on her mind even more now that she is a mother herself. So she is amazed when, in an extraordinary turn of events, she finds herself back in her childhood home in the 1970s. Faced with the chance to finally seek answers to her questions – but away from her own family – how much is she willing to give up for another moment with her mother?
 
Space Hopper is an original and poignant story about mothers, memories and moments that shape life.

'A nostalgic, time-travelling romp' The Independent

 ‘Uplifting’ - Cosmopolitan

‘A quirky book full of wisdom’ – Woman & Home
 
‘I really enjoyed Space Hopper. It’s such an unusual, intriguing novel. It’s the first in ages that actually *interested* me’ Marian Keyes

‘Prepare to be entranced by this slightly bonkers novel. […] Brilliantly exploring themes of grief, love and loss, and peppered with cultural references that will delight anyone who grew up in the 1970s, Space Hopper will draw you in and keep you hooked right up until the last page’ – Heat, Book of the Week

‘Conjuring up Rowan Coleman’s The Summer Of Impossible Things and The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Space Hopper is the story of Faye who has a happy and loved life but lost her mother as a young girl. Then she stumbles across a way to travel back through to time to 1977, where she meets both her mother and her younger self. It sounds bonkers but it’s beautiful and explores grief, acceptance and love – providing much-needed solace right now’  Stylist
 
‘This is a magical, moving story about past and present, grief and healing, choices and yearning. A heart-warming, touching novel’  Platinum
 
‘It’s hard to believe that this is a debut, it’s so confidently written. This is a story that will sing to all’  Woman’s Way

‘A quirky story, full of love and laughter’ Best
 
‘Filled with nostalgic references, this heartfelt book is a lesson on living in the here and now’ My Weekly
 
‘Quirky, magical and wise. A wistful reflection on the love between a mother and daughter' Woman / Woman’s Weekly

‘Unprecedented times call for unprecedented novels…sounds odd but it works because of Fisher’s beautifully clear writing and the radiant sincerity of the heroine...Love, childhood, motherhood; whether you can or should fix the past, it’s all in this amazing book' Daily Mail

'A quirky, nostalgic tale' Daily Express

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Helen Fisher spent her early life in America but grew up mainly in Suffolk, England, where she now lives with her two children. She studied psychology at Westminster University and ergonomics at University College London, and worked as a senior evaluator in research at the Royal National Institute of Blind People. Faye, Faraway is her first novel. 

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (February 3, 2021)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471188671

'A magical story of love, loss and the ways that grief changes us forever. I stayed up all night turning pages until I reached its riveting surprise ending. This is a brave and powerful novel that asks big questions about time, memory and whether those we love ever truly leave us. It will touch your heart in these difficult times.'  Margo Rabb, author of Kissing in America and Cures for Heartbreak

'A lovely, deeply moving story of loss and love and memory made real. The sort of book that makes you feel the tenderness of joy restored, and the tearing pain of a choice between the two halves of your heart.'  Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander

'A warm, witty, wholehearted glimpse inside a parallel universe. Genuine and touching... a delight.'  Booklist

'Enchanting… Fisher’s achingly authentic characters leap off the page and capture readers’ hearts. This addictive, emotionally heavy page-turner marks a delightful spin on the time travel genre.'  Publishers Weekly

'I really enjoyed Space Hopper. It's such an unusual, intriguing novel... beautiful.'  Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups

'This story will bounce joyfully through your heart, leaving you with a fresh belief in second chances.'  Anstey Harris, author of Where We Belong and The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

'Tender, mesmerising and original, Space Hopper is a beautifully observed debut told with warmth and luminosity. I devoured it in two sittings.'  Lucy Clarke, author of You Let Me In