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When God Was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman

When God Was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman

Title: When God Was a Rabbit

Author:  Sarah Winman

ISBN:  9780755379286

Weight:  693g

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When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

1968.  The year Paris takes to the streets.  The year Martin Luther King loses his life for a dream.  The year Eleanor Maud Portman is born.

Young Elly’s world is shaped by those who inhabit it: her loving but maddeningly distractible parents; a best friend who smells of chips and knows exotic words like ‘slag’; an ageing fop who tap dances his way into her home, a Shirley Bassey impersonator who trails close behind; lastly, of course, a rabbit called God.  In a childhood peppered with moments both ordinary and extraordinary, Elly’s one constant is her brother Joe.

Twenty years on, Elly and Joe are fully grown and as close as they ever were.  Until, that is, one bright morning when a single, earth-shattering event threatens to destroy their bond forever.

Spanning four decades and moving between suburban Essex, the wild coast of Cornwall and the streets of New York, this is a story about childhood, eccentricity, the darker side of love and sex, the pull and power of family ties, loss and life.  More than anything, it’s a story about love in all its forms.

Peer & Press Reviews

Winman’s fiction debut, spanning the late 1960s and early 2000s, boasts one of the more endearingly unconventional families in a while…  [Winman’s] quirky voice maintains its energy; even at her most precocious, Elly never wears out her welcome.


It’s rare to find a novel you’re recommending to friends, family and colleagues by page 60 but When God Was A Rabbit is just that kind of book… it’s funny (embarrassingly so on public transport), recognizably true and heart-breaking in equal measure…  A truly great book to lose yourself in; prepare to bore everyone else around you by telling them just how much they need to read it.


Gloriously offbeat…  Winman’s narrative voice is beautifully true, with a child’s unsentimental clarity.  A superb debut.

The Times

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Attribute Details
Title When God Was a Rabbit
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades).  Please note there’s some light rubbing to the jacket’s metallic turquoise motif.  Likewise, to the metallic turquoise bands on the top and bottom edges of the jacket.
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Galaxy National Book Awards 2011 – winner (new writer)

Newton First Book Award (Edinburgh Festival) 2011 – winner

Book Stats
Publisher Headline Publishing Group
Imprint Headline Review
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9780755379286
ISBN 10 0755379284
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 324
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 145 x 35mm
Design Credits
Author photograph Patricia Niven
Jacket design Cabin Design
Jacket illustration Cabin Design

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