Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart

Magical, heartbreaking, beautiful – Days of Wonder reminds us that stories have the power to save lives.

Tom, single father to Hannah, is the manager of a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and its colourful cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl, a moment of magic to make her childhood unforgettable.

But there is another reason behind these annual shows: the very first production followed Hannah’s diagnosis with a heart condition that both of them know will end her life early. And now, with Hannah a funny, tough girl of fifteen on the brink of adulthood, that time is coming.

With the theatre under threat of closure, Hannah and Tom have more than one fight on their hands to stop the stories ending. But maybe, just maybe, one final day of magic might just save them both.

A tale about growing up, the beauty of a special bond between father and daughter, and finding magic in everyday life, Days of Wonder is the most moving novel you’ll read all year.


It’s hard to even find words to describe this beautiful, moving and poignant book.

I loved Keith Stuart’s previous novel, A Boy Made of Blocks, and didn’t see how he could better it, but he has.

Everything about this book is just perfect, the characters, plot, settings, stories, it’s simply fabulous.

The narrative alternates between Tom and Hannah, and I loved the insights this gave into each of them.
The father-daughter relationship in the book is authentic and touching. They are so close and have a great bond.

The stories about the theatre group are both facinating and funny.

A word of warning, don’t read it in public as it will make you both laugh and cry. It’s poignant and moving, but also funny and life-affirming.

This is a book that will stay with me for a long time. I’d recommend it to a anyone. Simply stunning.

MY RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


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