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The Mahogany Pod


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A moving portrayal of the joy and pain of loving and losing, and the beginnings that come after endings. Strong public interest in the literary memoir as people crave authentic stories of love, kindness, hope and forgiveness in these times of fake news, conflict and hate crimes. An honest account of vulnerability and reconciliation that will help us all open our hearts, and arms, a little bit wider.

About the Author

Jill Hopper has a background in newspaper journalism and magazine editing. A member of writers' collective 26 Characters, she has taken part in projects with the Imperial War Museum, Wildlife Trusts and the Bloomsbury Festival. Jill lives in London with her husband and son. The Mahogany Pod is her first book.


'A work of literature: beautifully written, meticulously structured and heart-rending.' Observer; 'Written in elegant, lucid prose that comes straight from the heart, The Mahogany Pod is a deeply moving and compelling read. Hopper moves deftly between past and present, alternating moments of almost unbearable poignancy with ones of great hope. This is a powerful tribute to human resilience by a talented writer." Frances Hedges, Harper's Bazaar; "A rich and tender book, The Mahogany Pod is a haunting tribute to a life and to a companionship, a testament to the power and beauty of love which transcends death." Horatio Clare; "The Mahogany Pod is a beautiful exploration of love, loss and the grieving process. Jill Hopper forensically dissects a decades-old tragedy to reveal that those we have loved are never truly lost but remain part of us always, and that pain needs to be faced honestly to become bearable. It is a compassionate, heart-breaking, and uplifting description of love. Spell-binding." Catherine Simpson, author of When I Had a Little Sister; "A searingly beautiful memoir of love and loss, grief and joy. In The Mahogany Pod, Jill captures the seeds of the ending contained within every beginning and the beginnings contained within each end." Wyl Menmuir, Booker Prize-nominated author of The Many; "What I love about this affecting and beautifully written memoir is how it examines the long tail of grief, and how bereavement can last a lifetime, even when in the eyes of the world, you have 'moved on'" The Bookseller, Editor's Choice; 'Deeply personal and in places searingly sad but relatable to anyone who has loved and lost ...Perhaps this is the perfect book to read during a pandemic.' Dan Townend, Daily Mirror

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