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Cemetery manager may not be the first profession that springs to mind when you think of a novelist unless that novelist has designs on following in the footsteps of Stephen King which Susan Ryan does not, much as she does admire the writer. Rather she writes heart-warming, life-affirming stories you can curl up with, with characters that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page…

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Susan Ryan’s prose contains an inimitable elegance, with a level of care that shows great reverence for the craft. The King of Lavender Square is a deeply compassionate story of an urban family that was crying out to be told – a triumph of a debut.

- Sophie Grenham -
The Gloss

A beautifully written, life-affirming page turner. I adored it.

- Sue Leonard -
The Examiner

I dare you not to be completely enraptured by this compelling and enchanting tale. A charming, captivating and truly magical novel.

- Mairead Hearne -
Award winning book review blogger

A beautifully crafted, many layered story that makes you think about those who live around you. This felt like a modern epic tale and one I would urge book lovers to delve into.

- Áine Toner -
Editor Woman’s Way

A brilliant debut from a wonderful new writer.

- Cathy Kelly -
International bestselling novelist and author of ‘Secrets of a Happy Marriage’

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Sometimes all it takes is a little magic to bring people together. And in Lavender Square, where the lavender grows in mysterious abundance and colours the air with a musky sense of love, magic is never very far away.

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