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Lifesaving for Beginners Paperback – Jan. 22 2013

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'A moving, poetic tale about how life can change in the blink of an eye'―Bella on LIFESAVING FOR BEGINNERS

'Heart-breaking and funny, poignant and life affirming. It is a story of fate and family, and shows you are never too old or young to start lifesaving.'― on LIFESAVING FOR BEGINNERS

'Hilarious . . . But there's death and guilt, too, in this sometimes dark, tear-jerking novel' ****―

Sad, funny and wise―
Marie Claire on FINDING MR FLOOD

Move over Marian, it's Ciara . . . impressive and highly entertaining [with] one of the most authentic female characters I've read in women's fiction for a long time . . . lots of biting humour and a darker side beneath the laughs.―
Irish Independent on SAVING GRACE

Made me laugh and cry and sometimes both at the same time. A very emotional read that I just could not put down.― on LIFESAVING FOR BEGINNERS

I love Ciara Geraghty's easy style of writing and how she manages to create such a beautiful warm and moving storyline.― on LIFESAVING FOR BEGINNERS

I just can't get over how charming this book was. It was a delight to read― on FINDING MR FLOOD

Definitely her best yet . . . What is so fabulous about this emotional, very readable book is the way it's told through the contrasting voices of Kat and Milo . . . Clever, poignant and absorbing―

Beautifully written―

A beautifully written, somewhat whimsical and very encouraging tale about grabbing hold of life's reins, breaking away from the monotony of a dull routine and following your dreams . . . emotional, joyous . . . I adored it.―

A beautifully written story that offers vivid, believable characters who will stay with you long after the final page―

'Spectacular . . . LIFESAVING FOR BEGINNERS is a novel that needs to be seen and needs to be read. It not only has a beautiful, simplistic cover, but it also has a beautiful inside too, with two characters who you really feel you know . . . I really do recommend you pick up this book.'―


About the Author

Ciara Geraghty is the author of three previous novels, SAVING GRACE, BECOMING SCARLETT and FINDING MR FLOOD. She lives in Dublin with her husband, three children and a dog.

You can find out more at, visit her Facebook page at, and follow her on Twitter at

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hodder & Stoughton (Jan. 22 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 560 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0340998113
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0340998113
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 610 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 3.56 x 24.13 cm
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Ciara Geraghty is an Irish bestselling novelist. She lives in Dublin with one husband, two 'technically' grown up children and one actual kid, who is probably the most mature of the lot of them. When she is not writing in her garret, Ciara loves reading, swimming in the sea and playing her violin. The neighbours adore her, obviously....

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