The Glassblower's Daughter

Rated 5.00/5 based on 8 reviews
Greta's life is carefree until the abrupt disappearance of her elder sister, and all her courage can't save her from the sinister shadows that engulf her. Even when she finds a way out betrayal and treachery threaten her.

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I'm busy preparing another collection of stories plus working on my second novel which is set in Southampton and opens as the 2nd world war begins. Come and say hello on my Facebook page or Visit my blog. I try to keep a page going on that which documents how hard I am finding it as I go along! The web address is

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Caroline Wood reviewed on July 15, 2015

The Glassblower's Daughter

This is a wonderful book, exquisitely written. It made me laugh, cry and think. I finished reading it a few days ago and it is still very much alive in my mind. Feels like one of those books that you never forget - truly memorable, with a lingering, haunting quality. In a nutshell, it gave me everything I want from a book – it moved me, engaged me at a deep level, and took me to a perfectly created world that I believed in with characters that I cared about.
Frances Clarke’s writing is an absolute delight to read; the period is beautifully evoked, her descriptions have a poetic element – I marked so many passages that I ended up with a scarf-length list of highlighted text. I didn’t want to lose any of these sparkling gems. Just a few here…
“Afternoon darkness pasted the sky shut like an eyelid.”
“Torch-light shone rose and gold on the trapezium of skin between his thumb and cantilevered finger bones.”
“The windowpanes projected a hopscotch of sunlight onto the parquet flooring.”
“…’Thank you’ rustled his cellophane voice.”
“The soles of her feet no longer recognised the floor.”
These and so many other gorgeous sentences in The Glassblower’s Daughter made me ache with appreciation, admiration and the pure joy of finding words used in such a way – they fitted into a place in my mind as if specially crafted.
You know that feeling when you read a book, see a film or hear a piece of music that is so good you want to stop strangers in the street and force them to read, see or hear it too? This is one of those books. Give yourself a treat. Buy this book now and read it, read it, read it.
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)
Joe Cowan reviewed on Oct. 29, 2011

I'd almost forgotten what good book was really like!
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Rebecca Smith reviewed on Jan. 5, 2011

This is a wonderful first novel and Greta is a winning heroine. The writing is powerful, lyrical and funny. Read this one!
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Stefan Iddon-Meyers reviewed on Dec. 19, 2010

This novel is poignant, humourous and heartbreaking. Well observed characters and an absolutely gripping story. I cannot recommend The Glass Blower's Daughter enough!
(review of free book)
Val Clarke reviewed on Dec. 13, 2010

This brilliant novel gives an acutely observed and lucid portrayal of the subtleties, cruelties and betrayals in relationships together with the powerful influences of unconditional love and positive memories that make up the formative experiences of the main character and ultimately help her to find her way. Everyone should read this book.
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Sam Whitley reviewed on Dec. 12, 2010

The main character is very engaging and you can't help rooting for her. It's the story of how she survives back in the days when there were no help lines or counselling. I like the humour too. Excellent book.
(review of free book)
Helena Silver reviewed on Dec. 7, 2010

This is a totally captivating book. It’s a beautifully crafted story with a dark edge to it. It made me laugh, it made me cry - I loved it. Just read it!
(review of free book)
Mark Chisnell reviewed on Nov. 18, 2010

This is a wonderful book, I loved Greta's heartbreaking but ultimately redemptive journey, with some truly marvellous scenes - the ending was so poignant, so complete. This is a 'must-read' book.
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