Precious Matter

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A cast of ordinary people struggle to make sense of their lives in a troubled world.  


Agatha Whisper is haunted by her misguided actions as an ambitious young journalist; Peter Whisper finds his promising career swept away by random misfortune. And others face equal challenges.


Into this vortex of adult self-doubt comes a visionary child, Wilfie Whisper. Behind at school yet with a knowledge of the universe beyond his years, kind and gentle Wilfie is confident in his belief and prepared to act.


But will his courage and faith have the power to transform those around him, replacing their anxieties with hope, their torments with peace? And how far should Wilfie’s mother, Agatha, let him go?


Imaginative, poetic, moving. 


Precious Matter was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Award.





‘A page-turner. A pacy, energetic, effervescent style - vivid descriptions.’


‘Conveys a sense of wonder extremely well, not just in the face of the astronomical, but about such things as nature, cooking, gardening, love.’


‘The quality of the writing never falters.’


‘Great depth - deserves to be a set text. ’


‘Poetic and beautifully written’


‘Compelling and well sustained.’


‘First book which has made me cry in ages.’


‘A gem.’


‘Love the gorgeous descriptions of Agatha’s garden and cooking.’


About the author


Belinda writes about normal people in extraordinary situations. Seeing life through a quirky lens, her plots veer towards the surprising and, sometimes, surreal.


'I write about the good in people. Faith, hope, love - qualities often revealed when the going gets tough.’


With four children and living in the countryside, family and nature are often at the forefront of her stories.

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Valley Press
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