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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446472484
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

The Making of Us

From the number one bestselling author of The Family Upstairs

The wonderful new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of After the Party.

In a hospice in Bury St Edmunds, a man called Daniel is slowly fading away. His friend Maggie sits with him every day; she holds his hand and she listens to the story of his life, to his regrets and to his secrets. And then he tells her about the children he has never met and never will, conceived with women he has never slept with, never even touched. Four of them, apparently, two boys, two girls. He talks of them wistfully. His legacy, he calls them. Lydia, Robyn and Dean don't know each other. Yet. And they are all facing difficult challenges. Lydia is still wearing the scars from her traumatic childhood and although she is wealthy and successful, her life is lonely and disjointed. Until an unexpected letter from her long-lost uncle reveals a shocking truth about her childhood. Dean is a young man whose life is going nowhere. He is jobless and about to have a baby with a girl who hates him. But then one afternoon, life flips over and leaves him somewhere he never expected to be: a single dad to an ill daughter and he is forced to re-evaluate his whole life. Robyn is eighteen. She is training to be a doctor and is determined one day to be a paediatrician, just like her father. She has never met her father. Neither has her mother. He was an anonymous donor, and that's exactly what she wants him to stay - a character in her own personal fairy tale. Until the day she meets the man of dreams and falls in love. He looks like her, he thinks like her, he even has the same freckle in the same place on his left hand. It could be just a coincidence, but she needs to be sure before she can allow herself to be with him. It's time for her to open the envelope her parents gave her on her eighteenth birthday. And Daniel's children slowly find their way into each other's lives...

  • Pub date: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446472484
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

About the Author

Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell was born in London in 1968. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was published in 1999. It was the best-selling debut novel of the year. Since then she has published another sixteen novels, most lately a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls and Then She Was Gone (both of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks).

Lisa is a top 10 New York Times and number one Sunday Times author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two daughters, two cats, two guinea pigs and the best dog in the world.

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Praise for The Making of Us

“Lisa Jewell has a unique gift for creating original, complex characters who actually resemble people we might know. When I read her I realise how few authors can actually do this. This book shows her at the top of her game; The Making Of Us is compelling, clever, humane and heartbreaking. It's a cliche to say I couldn't put it down, but I'm afraid it's true. Wonderful.”

Jojo Moyes

“We've been fans of Lisa Jewell for absolutely ages, don'cha know, but we are even more impressed than usual by the latest novel ... Jewell has completely upped her game with this beautifully observed novel.”

5 stars, heat

“Ingenious plotting ... there's no denying the story itself is a compelling page-turner - which should be enough to make for another Lisa Jewell bestseller.”

A.N Wilson, Readerâ??s Digest

“A spirited novel of identity, love and loss.”

Woman & Home

“Jewell takes her writing to a new, more sophisticated level.”


“One of the country's bestselling authors of popular fiction, this veteran of the 'chick-lit' era seems to be maturing into Joanna Trollope - and I mean that as a compliment ... an entertaining read that offers thoughtful insight into an issue that our increasing reliance on fertility medicine will surely render more common.”

Ham & High

“Tear-jerking emotional chick lit at its best.”

4 stars, News of the World

“Lisa Jewell gets into the hearts of realistic characters in her latest work.”

4 stars, Star

“Classic Lisa Jewell that won't disappoint”


“Her best book yet ... Jewell has moved up a gear into David Nicholls territory.”


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