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Things I Need You to Know

Birdie McBride has it all: a fulfilling job, five healthy daughters and a doting husband, Ned.

But then Ned dies. He leaves behind a document for Birdie—‘Things I Need You To Know’—a guide to everything from household maintenance to each daughter’s emotional landscape. It’s his last act of fatherly devotion.

Reading Ned’s manual, Birdie falls in love with her husband in a way she never did when he was alive. Yet the presence of his best friend, Marcello, complicates things.

As Marcello steps into Ned´s shoes, Birdie starts to wonder: how much trust can you put in instinct? Will her past come back to torment her? Can the legacy of ‘Things I Need You To Know’ save her family from catastrophe?


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Mark Lamprell
About the Author

Mark Lamprell is a writer of novels and children’s books published in sixteen countries and twelve languages. He also works internationally as a writer and director in film, with movie credits including Babe Pig in the City, My Mother Frank, Goddess, A Few Less Men and Never Too Late.

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4 June 2024
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Praise for Mark Lamprell
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‘A biting, uproarious portrait of domesticity in disarray, intractable grief, love and betrayal, motherhood, and the long shadow cast by family legacies. Every character in Mark Lamprell’s latest novel is sharply realised…Things I Need You to Know dramatically switches gears in the final chapters, taking the reader somewhere far darker and pleasingly unexpected. It will appeal to readers of Toni Jordan, Sally Hepworth and Tracy Farr.’

‘Utterly gripping. I couldn’t stop reading—and by the end, everything I thought I knew had been proven wrong.’

‘With rippling humour, great tenderness and his trademark mix of quirkiness, empathy and insight, Mark Lamprell captivated me with this moving tale of love and betrayal. I loved it.’

‘All the beauty and wonder of female relations.’

‘Gorgeous and heartfelt…A portrait of individual crisis and family dysfunctionality.‘

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