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Publisher's Summary

A compelling and heartwarming set of four short stories by Mary Grand.

"The New Arrival"

Rachel has moved to the Isle of Wight determined to become invisible. Hiding a shameful secret, she cultivates a cold polite smile as effective as an electric fence. However, unexpectedly, into her life comes a loving, crazy, individual: Lottie the cocker spaniel. Everything is about to change.


Megan works in a theatre for the deaf. She is deaf. Her language is British Sign Language. One evening, she meets John, who is hearing, and two worlds collide. This is the story of the struggles, joys, and tears of their remarkable relationship.

"Catching the Light"

Erin thinks she has found her fairytale prince. However, the honeymoon in a remote cottage in Wales shatters the dream. For the first time in her life, Erin discovers the mystical world of fairies.

"The Outing"

This was to be the most important day of Kay's life. However, her mission to be free from years of guilt reveals so much more than she could possibly imagine.

Mary Grand's writing has been compared to Kate Atkinson, Adele Parks, Maeve Binchy, and Diane Chamberlain, amongst popular contemporary women's authors.

An easy listen.

©2017 Mary Grand (P)2017 Mary Grand

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  • Rachel Redford
  • 06-06-19

Short stories with a big heart

Mary Grand is skilled at creating settings and characters in few words. Listening you can feel and see the beaches and the movement of the sea, and her dialogue creates real rounded people very quickly. Most of all you care about the characters straightaway. The story of the deaf girl and her struggle with signing, pressure to wear hearing aids and all the accompanying problems is particularly moving - and draws on Mary Grand's own specialist teaching experience. Each story draws us inside a very different scenario and place, and in each one beats a warm human heart which makes listening such a pleasure. The lively narrator seems to enjoy reading the stories too..

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  • Lucy B
  • 07-06-17

Really enjoyed my first audio

What did you like most about Catching the Light?

Four compelling stories, all very different.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The deaf girl, it was really interesting learning about how deaf people interact.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When it was discovered that the baby could hear.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?


Any additional comments?

Catching the Light was my first audio. I really enjoyed listening to the four stories. They were read well and written well.