The dazzling new novel from Richard & Judy book club author Catherine Isaac, The World at my Feet is a story about the transforming power of love, as one woman journeys to uncover the past and reshape her future.
The secrets that bind us can also tear us apart…
1990. Harriet is a journalist. Her job takes her to dangerous places, where she asks questions and tries to make a difference. But when she is sent to Romania, to the state orphanages the world is only just learning about, she is forced to rethink her most important rule.
2018. Ellie is a gardener. Her garden is her sanctuary, her pride and joy. But, though she spends long days outdoors, she hasn’t set foot beyond her gate for far too long. Now someone enters her life who could finally be the reason she needs to overcome her fears.
From post-revolution Romania to the idyllic English countryside, The World at My Feet is the story of two women, two worlds, and a journey of self-discovery that spans a lifetime.
Praise for Messy, Wonderful Us
‘Uplifting, emotional and surprising… another sure-fire bestseller’ Hannah Beckerman ‘I adored it … a gorgeous sunny setting, exploring love, friendship and the twistiest of family entanglements’ Jill Mansell 'Intriguing and pacy' Libby Page 'I fell head over heels in love with this book! A page-turning mystery, a wonderfully uplifting story about love in all its forms and characters so real, I still wonder what they're doing' Katy Regan 'I absolutely loved it, what a rich and engaging story' Dani Atkins
Catherine Isaac was born in Liverpool and was a journalist before she became an author. She wrote her first novel, Bridesmaids, under the pseudonym Jane Costello and her eight subsequent books were all Sunday Times bestsellers. You Me Everything was her first work writing as Catherine Isaac. It was selected by the Richard & Judy Book Club, has been translated into twenty-four languages and a movie adaptation is in development by Lionsgate and Temple Hill. In 2019 she won the Romantic Novelists’ Association award for Popular Romantic Fiction. She lives in Liverpool with her husband Mark and three sons.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (January 6, 2021)
Length: 432 pages
‘The World at my Feet is a profoundly moving, heart-filled story showing that, even in the darkest winter, new shoots of love, laughter and hope are waiting to burst through. Ellie is a wonderful character, whose daily acts of courage are an inspiration. As she nurtures her beloved garden, and reaches out to those beyond its walls, she finds her own way through to the sunlight. Catherine Isaac handles Ellie’s backstory with the kind of sensitivity and delicacy that’s the mark of an exceptionally accomplished writer. The World at my Feet is exactly the kind of story we all need right now. I adored it’
– Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus
‘A poignant and perceptive novel of love and courage in the face of terrible adversity’
– Erica James, author of Letters From the Past
'Such an interesting and beautifully written book – I loved it and would highly recommend adding it to your 2021 reading list. It is a wonderful story that I know readers are going to feel moved and uplifted by'
– Libby Page, author of The Lido
'Beautifully written, thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting – The World At My Feet is Catherine Isaac's best book so far!'
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