No Number Nine by F J Campbell is a beautiful and compelling novel set within the highly competitive world of the Olympics.
What do you do when your amazing, beautiful, beloved sister dies? Hide in your room for two years. Sleep with a very, very wrong man. Leave home and start a new life, lying to everyone you meet including your kind employer, your curious friends, and the man you love?
Pip Mitchell’s an expert at making seriously bad decisions. But when her past, present, and future collide at the Sydney Olympic Games, she’s going to have to decide whose side she’s on – or she’ll lose everyone she loves.
No Number Nine is a coming-of-age story about an 18-year-old girl who has put her life on hold for two years after the death of her sister. Pip leaves her home in England and tries to move forward with her life, taking a job in Germany as an au pair to the von Feldsteins, a family which is full of surprises – and not good ones.
Set in Munich, the story follows Pip for a year as she crashes from one embarrassing, awkward mistake to the next. Finally, as she starts to emerge from her fog of grief, she travels with the von Feldsteins to Sydney where, amid the drama of the 2000 Olympic Games, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Can Pip protect herself and the people she loves? Does she have the courage to tell the truth, even if it destroys her?
Beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and compelling are all words that can easily be attributed to the reading experience that No Number Nine offers its readers.
Set against the backdrop of the Olympics which is essentially the cherry on the cake, making it a must-read for sports lovers.
No Number Nine is a book that has it all. A strong female lead who like all of us has her flaws. It’s the fact she is a very human character and not the usual “perfect” characters you see crafted in other books, that makes her instantly likeable and engaging to the reader. So much so that she feels like a friend.
Another thing we love is how accessible the author has made the book for readers who haven’t seen or don’t follow hockey.
It’s a book that truly captures the spirit of the Olympics and all that the games encompass.
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