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A charming and uplifting story, perfect for fans of A Man Called Ove or Jonas Jonasson.

Biddy Weir is a quirky girl. 

Abandoned by her mother as a baby, and with a father who's not quite equipped for the challenges of modern parenting, Biddy lives in her own little world, happy to pass her time painting by the sea and watching the birds go by. That is, until she meets Alison Flemming. 

Because there are a few things about Biddy that aren't normal, you see. And Alison isn't afraid to point them out to the world.  

All of a sudden, Biddy's quiet life is thrown into turmoil. If only there was someone to convince her that, actually, everyone's a little bit weird.... 

A story of abuse and survival, of falling down and of starting again, and of one woman's battle to learn to love herself for who she is, The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir is Lesley Allen's startlingly honest debut novel.  

©2016 Lesley Allen (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"If you're a bit of a weirdo you will love Biddy Weir." (Ian Sansom, best-selling author of The Norfolk Mystery)

"A wonderful debut: poignant, powerful and moving, with ripples of dark humour." (Colin Bateman)

"I'm a little bit in love with Biddy Weir. In her, Lesley Allen has created a character who is the embodiment of all our adolescent insecurities." (Bernie McGill, author of The Butterfly Cabinet)

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The Lonely Life Of Biddy Weir

This is a thoughtful, sensitive and extremely well-narrated and produced version of a sad, but hopeful, really lovely story.
There are moments when the reader can't imagine where the story is going, but the epilogue is uniquely perfect. I adored the protagonist and her eventual adult friends.

I'm sorry to have finished the book, because I'll miss Biddy Weir ... an unforgettable main character.
I recommend this book to those of us sensible enough to uphold the dignity of every being.

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  • 03-03-21

Loved this book

A fantastic read.Glad it was recommended to me.Although I had a feeling where the book was going from the start,it didn't matter I still stuck with it as I was rooting for Biddy through out the book.

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  • Caroline Monks
  • 02-28-21

Great read, difficult to put down. Highly recommen

Beautiful piece of work, sensitively told story of the reality of bullying and how it can have a profound impact for years after. Great narration too.

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  • Donna
  • 11-18-20

loved it

I really enjoyed this book and loved the narration,so very well written,look forward to listening to more books by this author and narrator

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  • G Whelan
  • 06-16-20

A triumph

This is a triumph of a book in more ways than one..., will live with me for a long time ... well done Lesley Allen

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  • 06-27-20

Liked Eleanor Oliphant? Make is your next read

Heart-wrenching but the ending was beyond satisfying! I loved every bit of it!
I recommend it to everyone!