Phyllida Shrimpton

Every Shade of Happy

Heartwarming and uplifting, Every Shade of Happy will make you laugh, cry and want to call your grandfather. Perfect for fans of Marianne Cronin and Hazel Prior.
Algernon is at the end of his life.
His granddaughter is at the start of hers.
But they have more in common than they think…

Every day of Algernon's 97 years has been broken up into an ordered routine. That's how it's been since the war, and he's not about to change now. Until his 15-year-old granddaughter arrives on his doorstep, turning Algernon's black-and-white life upside down. Everything from Anna's clothes to the way she sits glued to her phone is strange to Algernon, and he's not sure he likes it.
But as the weeks pass, Algernon is surprised to discover they have something in common after all — Anna is lonely, just like him. Can Algernon change the habits of a lifetime to bring the colour back into Anna's world?

Praise for Every Shade of Happy:
'Heartwarming and uplifting. It will make you miss your grandfather and want to hug your grandchild.' Adele Parks for Platinum
'A slice of reading heaven… Just as wonderful and gorgeous as The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot and The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman.' LoveReading
'With relatable characters, this is an uplifting, emotive story.' Candis
387 printed pages
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  • Kathleen Grovershared an impression3 months ago
    👍Worth reading

    One of the best books I’ve read. The writing itself is wonderful, the characters are so beautifully drawn, with an emotional balance that’s pitch perfect- an absolute joy to read. It’s not hyperbole to say that I laughed out loud, was brought to tears, and felt as if I’d spent time with real people. It’s an unusual cast of characters, not ones you’d normally put in the same room, much less the same book, but it works. The addition of Jacob, “st No. 5”. Is the perfect counterweight to what could otherwise be too serious. I highly recommend this book.

  • Anastasiia Vasylenkoshared an impression2 months ago
    👍Worth reading


  • misickristina24has quoted4 months ago
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  • misickristina24has quoted4 months ago
    inside because the thought of having to dig them out made him feel almost as if he’d become an intruder in his own home.
    In the end, the ready meals were already cooling on the plates

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