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  • Published: 1 October 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099464464
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $19.99

The Time Traveler's Wife


This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare and Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. His disappearances are spontaneous and his experiences are alternately harrowing and amusing. The Time Traveler's Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's passionate love for each other with grace and humour. Their struggle to lead normal lives in the face of a force they can neither prevent nor control is intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

  • Published: 1 October 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099464464
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and writer who lives mostly in Chicago and occasionally in London. She has published six books, including the novels The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry. She helped to found the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Her art has been exhibited by Printworks Gallery in Chicago since 1986. She is a Professor in the Fiction Department of Columbia College. Her recent projects include a ballet, Raven Girl, in collaboration with Wayne McGregor for the Royal Opera House Ballet.

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Praise for The Time Traveler's Wife

At its core The Time Traveler's Wife is an old-fashioned love story. A terrific book - startlingly original construction


I was ridiculously entranced by Audrey Niffenegger's big, reckless novel - utterly convincing

Daily Telegraph

Niffenegger exploits the possibilities of her fantasy scenario with immense skill: no wonder this novel has spent weeks on the bestseller lists in the US. This is one of those books that makes you want to eat it up from start to finish


Wonky, sexy, incredible

The Times

Pick up Niffenegger's book and you'll experience a visceral thrill that only a few novels provide - an elegy to love and loss.

Independent on Sunday

Magical - memorable...poignant, amusing and intensely moving portrait of a unique relationship - quirky, romantic, and kept the right side of cute

Mail on Sunday

Truly original


The central story is so strong and touching - a universal story-ingenious - a rare book

Evening Standard

A sweet, original fantasy - its flights of authorial fancy balanced by down-to-earth characters and the unfey, matter-of-fact language

Sunday Telegraph

Henry's journeys back and forth are by turns slapstick noir and unbearably poignant, and Clare's child and teen narrations disturbingly pitch-perfect. Philosophical speculation occurs in the most unlikely devices and morality, despite the temptations of plot, remains intact. This is alarmingly close to perfection, and balm to the jaded

Scotland on Sunday

One of those books where you read the first paragraph and you're hooked - unmissable

Irish Independent

From the first page to the last, The Time Traveler's Wife works its unique magic ... a beautiful, lyrical book

Tony Parsons, The Times

After I read it I wanted to share it with everybody, and even gave a copy to Madonna when she co-presented my show

Jo Whiley, Easy Living

Dark, unpredictable, incredibly clever and a modern romance.

Cecelia Ahern, Grazia

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