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Publisher's Summary

Life is in two parts: who you were before you met her and who you are after.

A documentary crew discover a mysterious young woman living alone in the mountains of West Cork. Strikingly beautiful, she has an extraordinary talent for mimicry, like the famous Australian lyrebird.

The crew, fascinated, make her the subject of their story and bestow the nickname upon her. When they leave they take Lyrebird with them back to the city. But as she leaves behind her peaceful life to learn about a new world, is she also leaving behind a part of herself?

For her new friend, Solomon, the answer isn't clear. When you find a rare and precious thing, should you share it - or protect it?

An intriguing and remarkable love story, Lyrebird will cement Cecelia Ahern's reputation as a writer of extraordinary talent.

©2016 Cecelia Ahern (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for Cecelia Ahern:
"Cleverly constructed, full of flavour and moving." ( Daily Mail)
"An illuminating and touching father/daughter story about memory, childhood and secrets." ( Woman & Home)
"Beautiful and unexpected...both thought-provoking and life-affirming." ( Sunday Express)
"Intricate and emotional...really completely lovely." ( Grazia)
"Brilliant characters, piles of pathos and intrigue...quite simply fantastic." ( Heat)
"Both moving and thought-provoking." ( Irish Independent)
"A must read." ( Marie Claire)
"Enchanting." ( Good Housekeeping)
"Really touching, quite, quite beautiful." (Lovereading.co.uk)
"A unique read." ( Closer)
"Another hit!" ( Essentials)
"A wry, dark drama." ( Daily Mail)
"Ahern cleverly and thoughtfully turns the tables, providing thought-provoking life lessons." ( Sunday Express)
"An unusual and satisfying novel." ( Woman)
"Life-affirming, warm and wise." ( Good Housekeeping)
"Cecelia Ahern is an undisputed master when it comes to writing about relationships.... Moving, real and exquisitely crafted." ( Heat)

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  • Sarah Vaulbert
  • 18-01-19

Loverly story

Refreshing , loverly story. The narrater has a loverly Irish accent, and talks clearly.
I loved the book from start to finish. I couldn’t stop listening to it.

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  • L Bagnall
  • 16-01-17

Awful

I can't believe all the good reviews for this book, they must have been written by the author and her family I managed to last about 14 chapters before giving up and deleting it from my phone. Boring nonsense

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  • Katie Hobson
  • 03-12-16

Lyrebird

I have loved Ahern's books in the past so I thought I would give this book a go. The narrator was great at bringing the characters to life and I felt like I was there with Laura as she met and went through a whirlwind. I will recommend it to fans of Ahern.

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  • Bex36
  • 27-08-19

Never really hit the mark

The story should have been good it had all the right elements but somehow it missed the mark. Didn't really connect with the characters and the story didnt enthralle me.

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  • Megan Gallagher
  • 13-02-18

Interesting, wonderful, loved it!

I truly felt that I was immersed in the story and felt all the characters to be so real! It was so well written that I just couldn't stop listening! Aoife's narration was superb! How she can do so many different voices and accents amazed me and when she sang Gaga's song it brought a tear to my eye. Highly, HIGHLY recommend!!!

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  • Mrs Johanne Margetts
  • 19-01-18

Enjoyed.

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  • LM
  • 03-11-17

beautiful story again by Cecelia.

Love Cecelia and this is no different. loving told by Aoife, beautiful accents, you can tell the difference in characters by the voice she makes for each. Not just a boring monotonous voice, Aofie uses her charm and knowledge of the characters to deliver a beautiful story.

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  • Hannah Gabriel
  • 16-06-17

Boring and frustrating

It's such a shame, but I hated this book. I usually love Celcelia's stories but this one was boring. I found the readers voice grating and so monotone that my mind would easily slip away from the story. I tried many times to find joy in it, but the story just didn't have that interesting twist. I don't find adultery entertaining and I lost all respect for the key characters as a result.

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  • Devonshire Lass
  • 30-03-17

Interesting but a bit boring

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I was disappointed by this book as I heard an interview on the radio by Cecelia Ahern about the Lyrebird and it sounded enchanting. Sorry to say it wasn't, I kept waiting for things to get going but it was very slow. There are some nice bits and it does make you think about how we all use social media and what it would be like without it.

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  • elfin
  • 14-01-17

So disappointed.

Good narration of a boring and bland story. I'm a fan of Cecelia Ahern and this is the first book I have not loved.

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  • Mrs L Wilson
  • 13-12-16

Not the best

This was ok - didn't draw me in but had to persevere a bit slow and predictable !

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  • Katie Harmer
  • 22-04-17

I don't believe this is an Ahern.

Poorly written. I can't believe it's a Cecelia Ahern novel. I've read all of her novels and have never been disappointed until now. The characters were poorly written, inconsistent and unlikable. The storyline was flawed and littered with plot holes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-04-17

You wish it was true

It was a soul touching book that I will listen or read again and again.

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  • Jenny
  • 24-02-17

A very well told narrative.

As with all her stories, a beautifully written story with a little mystery and romance. This is very well read with different voices that contribute to the way the story is told. I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-16

enjoyed it

i enjoyed it but not as much as other Cecilia Ahern books such as Flawed

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  • Dominic
  • 01-12-16

I need more stars!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Lyrebird to be better than the print version?

I would give it 10 stars if I could. This was magical. The story just flowed so beautifully that I couldn't put it down.

What other book might you compare Lyrebird to, and why?

There is no other. The concept was unique.

What about Aoife McMahon’s performance did you like?

Everything about her performance matched the magic of the story. Her beautiful accent was a pleasure to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Now I'm hoping that her other books are as good as I have never read this author.