Fran Littlewood has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. She was taught by Andrew Motion and passed with distinction. Before that she worked as a journalist, including a stint at The Times
. She lives in north London with her husband and their three girls. AMAZING GRACE ADAMS is her debut novel.A tragicomic character that middle-aged women can celebrate
. . .
It's a tale of giddy love, thwarted ambitions, devastating loss, the dangers of 21st-century adolescence,
the horrors of the menopause and how badly language can let us down . . . Littlewood writes with ferocity and compassion
about Grace's all-too-believable agonies and the impossibility of spinning all the plates that modern life expects us to manage. Read it and weep (then cheer)Hugely enjoyable. Compelling, funny and poignant. I devoured it
All hail Fran Littlewood and the truly amazing Grace AdamsAn absolute gut punch of a book that throbs with all the rage of a middle-aged woman who refuses to go quietly
I just adored this beautiful debut novel! Funny, moving
and at times absolutely heart-breaking
, it had me captivated until the very last page. An unforgettable readAmazing Grace Adams takes readers on a rollercoaster ride of female rage, loss and resilience. A rip-roaring, empowering story of redemption, discovery and starting over.
And the more emotional moments are peppered with so much humour
, you find yourself laughing and crying at the same sentence. Amazing Grace Adams
is a glorious tragicomedy. The characters are wonderfully drawn
and you'll applaud Grace for her amazing fortitude, compassion and warmth.
Littlewood flips the stereotypes of menopause and middle age into something women can aspire toI loved it. Vivid, visceral and incredibly emotional. I laughed and sobbedRarely have I felt more seen
than by this bookReaders will relish the letting loose of one woman's long-suppressed righteous rage . . . SpectacularExplores motherhood with wit, warmth and wisdom. ExtraordinaryAn exacting
and brilliantly structured novel about love, grief, hope lost and then found again.
I rooted for Grace from the first sentenceWomen in their 40s everywhere will be wondering 'how did she get into our heads?' Funny and moving
Fran Littlewood has written a magnificent novel. Grace Adams is everywoman
-filled with promise, trepidatious in love and eventually, a besotted mother. Amazing Grace Adams
is a fully realized story of catastrophe and joy, grief and love, and the hidden chambers of the human heart that carry the best and worst of our experience. A stunning debutFull of depth and honesty
From the first hot minute when Grace Adams, stalled in traffic, stuck in her car, simply opens the door and walks away from it all-into her day, the single day that gathers all her days up to this tipping point at the middle, she had me. How Life in the middle of our lives breaks us open-and apart-and then open again. I finished her story on a plane above the country, so full, and in tears. "Ma'am?" my seat-mate asked, "are you ok?" "Oh, yes," I answered. And gave him this book'A redemptive story of womanhood, motherhood and marriage. You won't forget Grace Adams in a hurryBrilliant . . . a story of a midlife heroine seeking redemption and so much more
I can't remember the last time I read a novel with such unbridled enthusiasm. Amazing Grace Adams
is a raw, uproariously hilarious portrait of parenthood, love, and family; it's also a profound examination of the way language can both save us and fail us when we need it the most.
I'd walk across London on the hottest day of the year with Fran Littlewood-hell, I'd walk anywhere with her. I'm begging you: read this bookI laughed, I cried ugly tears, I rooted for Grace Adams. It broke my heart then reassembled it - as only a fabulous novel can
debut. Grace Adams is fighting back and her story is both powerful and heartbreaking. I recommend.Hugely accomplished. You'll laugh, cry and nod in recognition. Properly amazingThis is a redemptive narrative, conveying the complex midlife crisis, with humour and hopeFamily dynamics are well observed in a Falling Down-inspired tale of a mother's menopausal rage. Grace Adams is certainly a fighter
Grace and her family feel brilliantly, dramatically real and believable
, and she becomes a heroine to take to heartHonest and relatable
An uplifting tour de force
with a heartfelt message that will make you laugh and cry.
It's the perfect January read. In her amazing Grace, Fran Littlewood has created an unforgettable heroineA surefire literary hit . . . destined to be a Hot for 2023 phenomenonHotly anticipated
*Ferocious, funny and tender, and available to pre-order now!*
'I just adored this ... an unforgettable read' Liane Moriarty
'Compelling, funny and poignant. I devoured it' Paula Hawkins
'Sometimes I have so much rage it scares me . . .'
Grace Adams is one bad day away from saving her life . . .
One hot summer day, stuck in traffic on her way to pick up the cake for her daughter's sixteenth birthday party, Grace Adams snaps.
She doesn't scream or break something or cry. She simply abandons in traffic and walks away.
But not from her life - towards it. To the daughter who won't live with her anymore and has banned her from the party. To the husband divorcing her. Towards the terrible thing that has blown their family apart . . .
Today she'll show her daughter that no matter how far we fall we can always get back up again. Because Grace Adams was amazing. Her husband and daughter once thought so. They and the world might have forgotten. But Grace is about to remind them ...
Amazing Grace Adams tells the story of a life, a marriage, a family, set against a single north-London day. A rollercoaster ride of redemption and discovery, it's a powerful celebration of womanhood.