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The Shoebox Bible Hardcover – International Edition, August 8, 2006

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"Alan Bradley has gifted us with a deeply tender, hauntingly beautiful memoir that is certain to touch your heart and stir your soul."
—Tom Harpur, author of The Pagan Christ

"Like Angela's Ashes, The Shoebox Bible, is a hauntingly beautiful memoir that will leave a lasting impression."
—Dave Pelzer, author of The Privilege of Youth

About the Author

Alan Bradley has published many children’s stories as well as lifestyle and arts columns in Canadian newspapers.
His adult stories have been broadcast on CBC Radio and published in various literary journals. He has also written several screenplays and taught university-level courses in screenwriting. He won the first Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children’s Literature for Meet Miss Mullen. His groundbreaking biography of Sherlock Holmes, Ms. Holmes of Baker Street — co-written with the late scholar Dr. William A.S. Sarjeant (“Antony Swithin,” of The Perilous Quest for Lyonesse fame) — raised hackles and banners “round the world.”
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; First Edition edition (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771016638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771016639
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,808,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend this touching account of the author's childhood. Although very different from his Flavia de Luce series, fans of Alan Bradley will immediately recognize his beautifully written prose and even find a few clues into what sparked the idea for Miss de Luce. New comers and logophiles are sure to appreciate Mr. Bradley's lush use of the english language and have a very satisfying read.
I had been searching for a copy of this book for years, it was simply impossible to find at a reasonable price, so I am delighted that it has been made available as an eBook. But this is one of those books I would love to have in my personal library so my search continues.
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I love Alan Bradley's novels, and that's the reason I bought this book. As with his novels, he writes beautifully. The book is about his mother and her shoebox bible and his early life. The shoebox bible was literally a shoe box he found under a floor board in his mother's closet that contained a lot of hand-written Bible verses that she had done over the years. I didn't give it 5 stars, because it kind of left me sad, and the first part of the book emphasized heavily the Bible verses found in the shoebox, which, for me, kind of broke up the story telling that is his forte. Be that as it may, I can recommend this book, which is a fairly quick read.
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I enjoyed this book both as the story of his mother's faith in the face of great loss and heartache and as a window into the inspiration for the family dynamic in his other books, of which I am a fan. I always wondered why Flavia had such a sad family life. It's sadder still that it was based on reality but I'm glad to see that he made the best of it.
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I love this book. I had read it as a library book because it was unavailable for purchase. It is a very moving story of this young man and his discoveries about his mother, his family and of course himself. I felt drawn into the story as if I were part of it. The words in this book are to be read again & again, they touch the heart and soul. For the first time in my life I wrote to an author asking him to make this title available on Kindle or to reprint the book. He did answer me. I was delighted to receive his recent email when the book became available on Kindle. Highly recommend.
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"We are, each of us, a story told by God: a story of great sadness and great joy, but one that ends always in glory."

A wonderful, sad story of a woman, left by her husband to raise three children on her own. Wonderful, because of her response to the trials she faced and because her strong faith built an incredible foundation for her children.
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Mr. Bradley has written a little gem. Very different than his flavia de luce novels. A touching story regarding his mother, with insight and tenderness he writes an unforgettable little story. I would highly recommend it.
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I love Alan Bradley's writing, and this memoir is no exception. The descriptions are as memorable as ever. I love his Flavia books and reading about his childhood, his courageous mother, and his vexing sisters adds insight to the characters in his charming fiction. The book also reveals a gifted and soul sensitive boy and then young man, growing up without a father, curious about everything.
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About life and love and loss and faith. And to read again in hard times, in good times and times in between.
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