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Sara Barnard

Sara Barnard

  • 5 stars across 10 books

Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the 'on' switch on the family's Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of second-hand bookshops at a young age.

Sara is trying to visit every country in Europe, and has managed to reach thirteen with her best friend. She has also lived in Canada and worked in India. Her debut novel Beautiful Broken Things was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and selected as part of Zoella's Book Club.

15th April 2021

Beautiful Broken Things

Beautiful Broken Things is a moving story of friendship from debut author Sara Barnard, shortlisted for the YA Book Priz... MoreBeautiful Broken Things

(5 reviews) Review
12th January 2017

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Steffi doesn't talk. Rhys can't hear. They understand each other perfectly. Love isn't always a lig... MoreA Quiet Kind of Thunder

(3 reviews) Review
12th July 2018

Floored

The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA auth... MoreFloored

(3 reviews) Review
7th February 2019

Fierce Fragile Hearts

'This book is exquisite' - Holly Bourne, bestselling author of Am I Normal Yet? Fierce Fragile Hearts i... MoreFierce Fragile Hearts

(2 reviews) Review
8th February 2018

Goodbye, Perfect

Goodbye, Perfect is a beautiful and emotional contemporary YA novel, with a powerful friendship at its heart, by... MoreGoodbye, Perfect

(1 review) Review
15th April 2021

Destination Anywhere

A breathtaking novel about finding yourself and finding a friend by the award-winning author of Beautiful Broken Things.... MoreDestination Anywhere

(1 review) Review
4th May 2023

Where the Light Goes

A heart-wrenching exploration of grief from a bestselling YA author, set in a landscape corrupted by fame and the scruti... MoreWhere the Light Goes

(1 review) Review
1st January 2013

Chunky Sugars

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Little Spoon

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7th July 2022

Something Certain, Maybe

Something Certain, Maybe is a powerful novel about first love, friendships and embracing the uncertainty of an unknowabl... MoreSomething Certain, Maybe

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