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  • An extraordinary and heart-rending novel'

  • The First Day Of Spring is a gut-wrenching tale about the effects of neglect and loneliness on a child. Eight-year-old Chrissie's voice is so raw and authentic that I could not stop turning the pages, desperate to find out what she would do next. A harrowing, incisive debut.

    Stephanie Wrobel, author of THE RECOVERY OF ROSE GOLD
  • Nancy Tucker has created one of the most unforgettable characters I've ever read, with a remarkable voice that is both piercing and poetic. The contrast between innocence and evil is breathtaking - I found myself aching for Chrissie/Julia as she learns to survive as a daughter and then mother in a world that has failed her. Chilling, thought-provoking, and compulsively readable, The First Day of Spring is a novel that will break your heart on every page and never leave you. I loved it.

    Ashley Audrain, author of THE PUSH
  • Exceptional. Chrissie is a brilliantly drawn character and her hollowness gives a real ache to the story. If anyone has to be potential to be a major voice of the future, it is Nancy Tucker.

    Sarah Stovell, author of EXQUISITE
  • Knocks all the previous 'bad kid' narratives into a cocked hat. I loved it.

    Lucy Hay, author of DO NO HARM

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