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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062248634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062248633
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Ahern’s (The Time of My Life, 2013) latest is a redemption tale centered on a reporter who has suffered a startling fall from grace. Ambitious young journalist Kitty Logan made the mistake of believing two women who claimed they were seduced in their teens by a handsome high-school teacher, and ruins the man’s life. Disgraced after the truth comes to light, Kitty loses her television job. The new editor at the magazine where Kitty got her start wants to let her go, too, but Kitty manages to get a reprieve when she comes up with the perfect tribute for her recently deceased mentor, Constance, who founded the magazine and gave Kitty her big break. Kitty tackles her assignment with gusto, tracking down 100 people on a list Constance left behind and searching for the link that connects them, including a lovelorn hairdresser, a feisty octogenarian, and a grieving father. Though none of them know Constance, or each other, Kitty manages to draw out their unique stories. This heartwarming tale won’t disappoint Ahern’s many fans. --Kristine Huntley

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“A story about hidden links between strangers, unexpected second chances and the transformative power of human connection, Ahern’s latest does not disappoint. The lives of the initially unrelated characters slowly weave together as the pages turn, bringing hope to the hearts of readers and tears to their eyes.” (Romantic Times (4 Stars))

“Cecilia Ahern’s many fans know to expect the unexpected from this gifted writer, who manages to surprise us yet again.” (Bookreporter.com)

“Ahern once again spins a charming tale of redemption and romance.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“This heartwarming tale won’t disappoint Ahern’s many fans.” (Booklist)

“Cecelia Ahern’s novels are like a box of emeralds. You can not pick the most beautiful from the lot . . . However, One Hundred Names is so original and inventive, it’s the jewel in the crown.” (Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife)

More About the Author

Cecelia Ahern is the author of the international bestsellers P.S. I Love You; Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There's No Place Like Here; and The Gift. The daughter of Ireland's former prime minister, she lives in Dublin.

Customer Reviews

A really good book I hugely enjoyed and read in one sitting.
Jan Butterworth
One Hundred Names was a good book, one that kept me reading and intrigued until the very end.
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The story is well crafted, the characters are likeable and easy to identify with.
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Format: Paperback
In the wake of a devastating professional mistake, Kitty Logan finds herself facing the harsh, vindictive public and struggles to cope with the consequences it has on her home, love life, and career. In attempts to salvage what is left of her reputation, she needs to pen a tribute story for Et Cetera magazine: the story her mentor, Constance, claimed she wanted Kitty to write.

The only lead Kitty has is a list of one hundred names she doesn't recognize, with no summary, synopsis, or anything to explain who the people are or what the story is about. The names are intriguing, but wildly unrelated to each other, and as the stresses of a two-week deadline mount, Kitty tries to connect the names, only to discover the futile connection is the least important aspect of all.

Fully illogical, deceiving, and fiercely interesting—just as Constance would have liked it—Kitty's uncertain story puts her in the paths of strangers she'd never take the chance to speak with otherwise. As her search for the perfect tribute continues, she learns a valuable lesson on the roots and heart of journalism, and meets the most diverse cast of everyday, unsung heroes along the way. It's not about uncovering secrets or lies or finding something earth-shattering that one hundred people are keeping from her; it's simply about listening to each of their truths because, as she discovers, everyone has a story.

I'm a huge fan of Cecelia Ahern (author of P.S. I Love You) and was delighted by One Hundred Names. It's fresh, quirky, and has a charming Irish undertone; this is the kind of book that will not only amuse you, but also stick with you for a long time to come. The plot is original—I expected nothing less!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Monika Matthews VINE VOICE on October 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Cecelia Ahern is that rare author that still actually believes in the goodness of people. Maybe it's her youth, maybe she's just that person, but it is so clear that she believes that people are good, that people are beautiful, and that what is most beautiful about life is the story that each of us has to share.

On the surface, you could probably write this off as a sappy chick-lit piece, but it's so much more. You could just read the book and move on, or you could stop and take notice. You might find yourself smiling as you turn the page, or notice someone else watching the look of warmth on your face while you're reading out in public. You might just find yourself interested in the people around you - the people who pass you on the street, stand in line with you at the cafe, or sit next to you on the bus. If you let it, this story - stories, really - will open you up to all of the interesting things you encounter every day.

Stop being cynical, critical, impatient - let Ahern do what she does best.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LindyLouMac on April 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Having only previously read two of Cecelia Ahern's novels I cannot say that I am a particular fan of hers as she has written I believe fifteen at least. The two I had already read are probably her most famous ones, P.S. I Love You, first published over ten years ago and which I liked. A few years later I read Thanks For The Memories which I was very disappointed with. You must be asking why I decided to read this then, well against all I say about never judging a book by it's cover, this is exactly what I did! The cover of the edition I borrowed from the library is covered in names and it was these names that intrigued me. The idea behind the names is a good one but I did find it rather fragmented although the author does manage to link it all together eventually.

A brief précis of the story without spoiling it for you is that Kitty Logan, the female protagonist that I did not feel sympathetic towards at all, is a journalist that has had her career destroyed by scandal. She seriously needs to sort her attitude out and I think her mentor knew this as she rescues Kitty from her downward spiral. Constance is Kitty's mentor and friend and as she faces her death due to a terminal illness, she sets the young woman a task to write a story that she herself never had a chance to complete. This is where the list of names from the cover come into play as Kitty tries to solve the mystery her friend has left her to turn into an article. It is a daunting task and one that teaches her a few things about herself, but to find out if she succeeds you will have to read for yourself.

In conclusion then I am glad the cover attracted me enough to want to read this and it was a pleasant read. Recommended to those looking for contemporary fiction that is will uplift your spirits as you discover that "Every single ordinary person has an extraordinary story."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Barlow on May 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
ONE HUNDRED NAMES starts out with Kitty (a journalist) trying to make sense of why her mentor, boss and friend Constance (editor-in-chief of Etcetera magazine) has to suffer. Visiting her in hospital, Kitty asks if there was a story she never got a chance to write. Constance has a file in her office that she wants Kitty to bring so that she can share her idea. But before Kitty is able to return to the hospital with the file, Constance loses her battle.

Now Kitty must write the story which will be the main article in a tribute to Constance's life. The last story Kitty chose to follow pretty much ended her promising career, and now she has one last chance to redeem herself. The only clues she has for Constance's story is a list of one hundred names. She tirelessly attempts to link the names and work out how or why Constance created the list - surely they must have something in common. But with her deadline quickly approaching, Kitty has to come up with something.

Kitty initially thinks that she will be able to contact and interview all one hundred people but finds this task impossible. When she begins calling the people on the list she discovers that they themselves don't know anything about the story and in most cases have no connection to Constance.

Kitty embarks on a journey, researching stranger's live's attempting to tie it all together. Along the way she works at clearing her name after committing serious errors in judgement for her last big story.
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