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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2017 World Fantasy Award

Claire North has been shortlisted for The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award

My name is Hope Arden. I am the girl the world forgets.

It started when I was 16 years old.

A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger.

No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am.

That makes my life tricky. It also makes me dangerous....

The Sudden Appearance of Hope is the tale of a girl no one remembers, yet her story will stay with you for ever.

©2016 Claire North (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A mesmerising writer." (Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls)
"North's talent shines out." ( The Sunday Times)
"Little short of a masterpiece." ( The Independent)

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Another stellar piece from Claire North

Listening to Claire North novel is a total joy. Well wrought characters, with innovative and surprising plots.

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Incredible musings of a forgotten mind

Of loneliness, of history, of meaning, of worth, of self, of truth.

Do yourself a favor and read this.

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SOOOOOOOO boring

I tried to finish it. Went into a depression so had to stop. Droning narrator.

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  • Mr. S. Wallace-jones
  • 07-18-16

Just wow

Claire North's books just get better and better. A wonderful book. Extraordinary plot. Great depth of character and beautifully crafted. Gillian Burke's reading is wonderful as well.

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  • KathyJean
  • 06-11-16

I loved the concept

What did you like best about this story?

A great story with reflection on human values and the unusual condition of the main character highlights our view of the world.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to 3 of Claire North's books and I love them.

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  • Bella
  • 01-17-17

Beautifully written!

Deep, interesting, beautiful! Reads more like a poem than a novel. Thoroughly enjoyed my time with hope - nothing like I've ever read before, absolutely breathtaking! Narration was fantastic too - deep rich voice to get lost with, brought the story and characters to life.

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  • Robin
  • 10-18-16

Brilliant premise

I didn't enjoy the writing style Claire adopted for this novel although the whole concept and in general terms the plot was genius.

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  • Patrick
  • 09-15-16

Disappointing

I'd just read a novel by Claire North (Touch) thought I'd like some more of her work; oh dear, by the half-way point I'd lost the will to keep listening, so good in bits but meanders forever, tedious and a drain, I finally gave up waiting and hit Delete.

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  • Amy
  • 09-17-16

Not quite hitting the spot

When the story is actually happening it's interesting. I found it hard to get past what could only be described as a heavy peppering of really bad poetry at every emotive opportunity.

This book had a lot of good ideas but I find myself looking at it like a cake someone decorated poorly, thinking what a shame. At least it tastes nice.

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  • Rax
  • 12-05-16

Great concept but unsatisfactory execution.

The notion of not being remembered is one that is very interesting but I feel the potential to explore this was lost in the subplot involving the technology surrounding perfection. Both ideas warrant their own book. The narrator is good but her Scottish accent is dire and distracting.

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  • Stuart
  • 11-30-16

Great concept, let down by execution

As with "The first 15 lives of Harry August" and "Touch" the concept of this book is brilliant - both interesting and genuinely thought provoking. The story / plot is pretty good too.

But there are elements of both the writing and the narration that caused me frustration, at times. In terms of the writing, there was way too much repetition. Seriously, I actually shouted "get on with it!" whilst listening. And the lists....just so many lists. With a little less repetition and shorter lists, this could have been 3 hours shorter, with nothing lost.

The narration was pretty good in general, easy to listen to and fairly good characterisation. That is, until the Scottish accents turn up at the end, at which point it's a complete train wreck, and distracts from the ending.

I'm glad I got to the end, it made me think. But it was, at times, a struggle getting there.

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  • M Adams
  • 11-21-16

Not quite sure

The book itself seems really good, it's just the fact that the book itself doesn't seem to match to my taste. When I read the synopsis, I was hoping the story would focus on how The main character hope lives on a day to Day basis, and the challenges she faces, such as getting a job, dating, and other such things. Whilst all these things are mentioned in the book, the story seems to be more of a mystery or a thriller than just an interesting piece of fiction, which is good, but not really something I'm interested in, especially with the book being so long. I'll probably come back to it later, but I'd rather move on to a book with a plot that holds my interest instead at this moment. This is the advice I give to customers who just prefer stories that focus more on realistic issues and character development instead of drilling mysteries and heists, as you may be a bit disappointed. To anyone who is into that kind of thing though, I'd highly recommend the book, as it is truly seeming to be a good book.

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  • martin g cummins
  • 09-21-16

Another great concept from Claire North

She's very clever is Claire North. She writes about people with believable but unconventional superpowers. And she writes about them with pathos and humanity.
This one is about Hope, the woman who everyone forgets.
The performer isn't the best but the novel is riveting.

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  • Jolene
  • 03-20-17

Bad :(

Sadly, this was the worst book I've read so far in my honest opinion. I was hoping it would be as good as the description sounded. Very disappointed and I couldn't even try to finish it. I found the storyline absolutely ridiculous and didn't like the voices.

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  • smartmum
  • 03-24-18

Returned this book

I found this so hard to get into, not least because of some glaring factual inaccuracies about one of the countries the main character was in. The plot jumps around and the characters are not engaging. I do not normally give up on a book and am a prolific reader but I couldn’t continue with this. I don’t think the narration also worked for me, her voice was ok but the flipping between accents grated.

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  • amanda
  • 03-15-18

Fantastic.

Such an interesting idea, so beautifully written and wonderfully read...definitely will read more of this author.

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  • Claudia
  • 03-15-17

Interesting premise but struggled to finish

There are some interesting and original as well as disturbing ideas but it tended to drag on in places and never seemed to end