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  • "Hilarious, heart-warming and beautifully unexpected – a real keeper"

    Lisa Williamson
  • "I fell for Optimists Die First like I was curled up with a familiar favourite – offbeat charm, with a bittersweet romance at its sorrowful heart."

    Harriet Reuter Hapgood
  • "Optimists Die First will make you feel bigger in every way. Bigger in courage to face a dangerous world; bigger in feeling; bigger in love; bigger in your ability to put yourself back together after something that should break you; and yes, bigger in optimism"

    Jeff Zentner
  • "Susin Nielsen has produced a richly comic story featuring a cast of mismatched, engaging characters"

    Marilyn Brocklehurst, Guardian, The Best New Children's Books supplement
  • "Entertaining but also poignant"

    Claire Hennessy, Irish Times

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