The Book of Happy Endings
Elise Valmorbida

The Book of Happy Endings front coverThis is a collection of life-affirming stories about couples who met and fell in love. So you know the endings already. Or do you? There is nothing predictable here. The storytelling is inspired, at once poetic and real. The style is deceptively simple and the themes are international. Love is old and young. Love breaks through borders.

Available as a Kindle eBook from Amazon

From the author’s introduction

Many of these stories open or close in London—a place I love because it’s the world in one city. I’m interested in the journeys, the keepsakes, the way migration brings people together, tears them apart. Perhaps this is why so many of the lovers here talk about feeling at home with each other. A shifting notion of home is at the heart of who they are. It matters to feel at home. Or perhaps this is not just the talk of migrants. It’s how people feel when they’ve crossed the island borders of self, and discovered a new world with another person.

Praise for The Book of Happy Endings

“Valmorbida (Matilde Waltzing) brings her gift for elegant language to this collection of narratives about the search for love.”
—Publishers Weekly, USA

“A book that defies categorisation, inviting us into the company of strangers who treat us like their oldest friends. No story is like its neighbour, yet each is told with vividness, economy and compassion. In The Book of Happy Endings, Elise Valmorbida achieves something rare and precious, and she writes like an angel.”
—John Madden, Director of Shakespeare in Love

—Your and Your Wedding

“Intelligent and life-affirming … This is a book that patrons will browse and be compelled to check out. Recommended for most public libraries.”
—Library Journal, USA

About the author

Elise Valmorbida is an Italian-Australian writer and creative writing tutor who lives in London.

Her debut novel Matilde Waltzing was published in 1997 and was nominated for two national literary awards.

The Book of Happy Endings was first published in the UK, Australasia and America in 2007. It has also appeared in translated editions—Korean (Woongjing, 2008), German (Droemer, 2008) and, most recently, Serbian (Vulkan, 2013).

The author’s other published works include satirical novel The TV President (CB Editions, 2008), described in the Times Literary Supplement as “luridly entertaining fiction”; The Winding Stick (Two Ravens Press, 2009), hailed as “a literary classic in the making” (Vulpes Libris); and many short stories published internationally in literary magazines and anthologies.

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17 August 2015

Nearly 20 years after it was first published, and acclaimed – and bizarrely lost – Elise Valmorbida’s debut novel Matilde Waltzing has been reincarnated. At BareBone Books we say thank God, or Saint Barbara of the Apparition, for the technological revolution.

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Another beginning for The Book of Happy Endings
14 February 2014

After being translated into Korean, German and Serbian, this popular collection of ‘True stories about finding love’ has finally been translated into an ebook for the Amazon Kindle.

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