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  • Annie Stanley, All at Sea

  • By: Sue Teddern
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

Sometimes the end is only the beginning....

A novel about love, loss and the importance of living life to the full, Annie Stanley, All at Sea by Sue Teddern is proof that it’s often the most difficult moments in life that show us what really matters. 

Annie is single, unemployed and just a bit stuck when her beloved father dies unexpectedly. Furious at his partner’s plans to scatter his ashes somewhere of no emotional significance, Annie seizes the urn and, on a whim, decides to take it on a tour of the 31 sea areas that make up the shipping forecast, which her father loved listening to, despite living in landlocked St Albans. Travelling around the coastline of Britain searching for the perfect place to say goodbye, she starts to wonder if it might be time to rethink some of the relationships in her life—but is it too late for second chances?

©2021 Sue Teddern (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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"Witty, wise with wonderful characters. I absolutely loved this book." (Katie Fforde)

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loved it...highly recommend

really enjoyed the story and the performance...made me want to check out the shipping forecast!

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This took me back to my radio listening years and hearing the shipping forecast, which always fascinated me. The forecast is the main focus of this delightful read. It’s an enjoyable book and it made me research the Shipping Forecast map. Happy days!

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What a charming novel!

The story of Annie and her trip around the British Isles carrying the dead ashes of her father, is cold with such emotional intelligence, understanding of narrative and gentle humour, impossible not to be won over By this first-time novelist.

That said, if a little deeper into Sue Teddern’s bio and it becomes clear why this is such a pitch-perfect read. She has experience of working on TV and radio dramas and sitcoms, so is not really new to storytelling, but instead turning her existing skills to a new genre.

The work in radio show too - the narrator is SUPERB and I can’t help but think Sue must have recommended her.

Original yet comfortingly familiar, this is the perfect autumnal audiobook, dealing as it does with life and death and the cycles of life. I have ironing and listening to it over the bank holiday at the end of August, and enjoying every moment.