Book Talk: The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett: A Novel by Annie Lyons

“ An exquisitely poignant tale of life, friendship and facing death . . . heart-breaking yet ultimately uplifting . . Everyone should read this book.”

―Ruth Hogan, author of Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel

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About the Book

Infused with the emotional power of Me Before You and the irresistible charm of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Be Frank with Me, a moving and joyous novel about an elderly woman ready to embrace death and the little girl who reminds her what it means to live.

It's never too late to start living.

Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world—all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and suffering of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion.

Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney, a whirling, pint-sized rainbow of sparkling cheer. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable neighbor, the recently widowed Stanley—afternoon tea, shopping sprees, trips to the beach, birthday celebrations, pizza parties.

While the trio of unlikely BFFs grow closer and anxiously await the arrival of Rose’s new baby sister, Eudora is reminded of her own childhood—of losing her father during World War II and the devastating impact it had on her entire family. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead.

But now that her joy for life has been rekindled, how can she possibly say goodbye?

Reviews & What Readers Say

“ Lyons’ characters are unique and wonderful, portrayed with a depth that allows readers to understand their motivations and empathize with them. . . . And yet the trio's unlikely camaraderie has the power to rejuvenate them all, showing that good friendship makes life worth living. A sensitive examination of human connections that can both damage and heal.”


“ Witty, endearing . . . Lyons strikes a winning balance, reaching deep feelings while avoiding the traps of sentimentality."

Publishers Weekly

“ A charming, thought-provoking story about the healing powers of friendship and love."

Shelf Awareness

“ I loved this book! Makes you realize how important it is to maintain friendships and connections with others as you age. Eudora had a plan for the end of her life but other people entered her life and changed that plan."

―Amazon Reader's Review

“ This book is a stand-alone piece of delight. Get ready to fall in love with Eudora. And all her supporting characters. Her life has been hard. At first, you might think she is just a grumpy, old woman. Give her a chance because she is anything but.We learn about Eudora, now in her late 80s, and trace her history, from her days as a young girl in England during World War II. A father who goes off to war, a mother in dire straits, pregnant with her baby sister. It seems the weight of the world is left upon little Dora’s shoulders."

Carilynp, Amazon Reader's Review

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The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett: A Novel by Annie Lyons

William Morrow

384 pages

ISBN 978-0063026063

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After a career in bookselling and publishing, Annie Lyons published five books in the U.K., including the bestselling Not Quite Perfect. When not working on her novels, she teaches creative writing. She lives in south-east London with her husband and two children