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The Marble Collector

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  9,635 ratings  ·  929 reviews
A forgotten childhood. A discovered life.
What if you only had one day to find out who you really were?


When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s possessions, she discovers a truth where she never knew there was a lie. The familiar man she grew up with is suddenly a stranger to her.

An unexpected break in her monotonous daily routine leaves her
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 29th 2015 by HarperCollins UK
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Amalia Gkavea
Just so you know. Any rude comments by phantom users who haven't read a single book and haven't written any reviews will be promptly dealt with. They will be deleted, flagged and the ''users'' will receive an epic rant. Go mess with the likes of you the trolls who have no life. Don't presume that I will waste my time on people who think this is bloody Facebook. If you don't like what you read then stop reading! It's that simple!

‘’When it comes to my memory there are three categories: things I
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Bookread2day
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cecelia Ahern is one my favourite authors. This wonderful story about the marble Collector took me back to my childhood playing games with my friends with my collection of marbles.

It is amazing that The Marble Collector is Cecelia Ahern's twelfth novel.

There is so much to look forward with Cecelia Ahern's new bright unusual novel.


This engaging story is about a daughter Sabrina who find a valuable collection of marbles of her father's. Sabrina finds that all of marbles have been catalogued wit
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Katie ♡
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
4,3/5 stars

I have always been a HUGE fan of Cecelia Ahern, for her fairy-like and delicate style of writing. This book of her is no exception.

It was told in two perspectives, Sabrina and her father Fergus. The book tells about the story of a daughter who comes looking for marbles in order to piece together her father's memory, as he is really passionate and interested in marbles. And throughout the search, she unexpectedly finds out about things she has never known about her father, and she also
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Paul E. Morph
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really took me by surprise. I was expecting a light romantic comedy type thing but this was a whole different beast. There's no romance here and no schmaltz (well, hardly any). This is a book about family, loss and memory and I really, really enjoyed it. It was engaging, fast-paced and genuinely moving in places. Cecelia Ahern just went up in this reader's estimations.

Buddy read with my darling wife...
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Vi ~ Inkvotary
Review was originally posted on Gone With The Books

I will never be a huge fan of Cecelia Ahern although I liked her novel "P.S. I love you" a lot. But this new book simply wasn't for me.

I don´t know for sure what it was, that kept me from getting really haunted by this novel. The lack of drive, the many things that I wasn´t really interested in or something else. I gave three stars because the characters saved this book from downfall.

Sabrina´s father Fergus suffers a stroke and loses some of his
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The Bursting Bookshelf of a Wallflower
5 stars of pure magic!

This has been one of the best books I read in 2016 - and it was at the same time my first Cecelia Ahern! I immediately fell in love with Fergus and the flashbacks to his childhood! I felt like I was right there - standing just beside him and I could feel all he went through! I have to admit that it took me a while to Sabrina's story, but once I managed to understand her reactions I couldn't stop wanting to know more about her too.

This is a masterpiece not needing much wor
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Kelly
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
In my experience recent Cecelia Ahern novels have tended to have slower and more plodding story line, but with a focus on high emotion and connection. As a reader, I always identify and champion the characters and when I close the pages of that novel, I feel emotional.

In contrast I felt as though "The Marble Collector" had very little emotion, or at least that it's focus was on aspects of the story that had little emotion. For me, I connected with Fergus. His current health issues had affected
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Susan
Dec 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015books
When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s possessions, she discovers a truth where she never knew there was a lie. The familiar man she grew up with is suddenly a stranger to her.

An unexpected break in her monotonous daily routine leaves her just one day to unlock the secrets of the man she thought she knew. A day that unearths memories, stories and people she never knew existed. A day that changes her and those around her forever.


Completely failed to get involved
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Charlotte Ashcroft
Got half way through and just couldn’t find any enjoyment from it at all 😐
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, audible
I’ve been a reader of Cecelia Ahern’s books since her debut P.S. I Love You first released back when I was a teenager. Her books tend to be a bit hit or miss for me but The Marble Collector was one that I really enjoyed.

The book is told in alternate chapters between a daughter and her father and for the audiobook these chapters are narrated by Aoife McMahon and Aidan Kelly. Their Irish accents really helped set the scene for this book and I enjoyed both of their voices.

The book follows a daughte
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Lindsay
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've not read any Cecelia Ahern before and then I heard her being interviewed on the Radio 2 book club and I just had to buy this book. Have a Listen here and tell me this book doesn't intrigue you ;)

Told as two points of view by Sabrina and her father Fergus and a with a dual time line this book could easily have been subtitled The Mystery of the Missing Marbles. Amongst her father’s belongings Sabrina finds a marble collection and an inventory, but the 2 most expensive collections are missing
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AK
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
My last book for 2018. Glad I could finish it, and totally glad I love the book!

This story is about Sabrina & her father. There’s a secret about her father and Sabrina does everything she could to uncover it.

The pace for the first few chapters is slow. A bit draggy. Silly me didnt even notice there are ‘Pool Rules’ for Sabrina’s story and ‘Collect The Marbles’ for her father. But the story gets interesting later on. I couldnt read without feeling any emotion. I frowned, I sighed, I gasped, I sm
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KASC ♡
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's not that there was particularly anything wrong with this book.

It's just that I felt that there was no real plot. A women found some marbles tjay belonged to her father and decided to track their origins.

I didn't particularly enjoy it and found myself having to set small reading goals of 20 pages a day to actually get me through it.

I've heard good things about Cecelia Ahern and look forward to reading something a bit different from her.
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Jane
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved the book a fascinating story about a father and daughters relationship and secrets they have hidden from each other. Interesting learning about the marble collection visual descriptions brought it to life. Liked the changing narrative and timelines an enjoyable read
Lisa
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
3.5-4 stars - v enjoyable family drama.

I picked this one up as it was on sale at audible (£2.99 = bargain) and I've read a couple of Cecelia's books before which I've enjoyed to varying degrees.

However glancing at the reviews I thought I may have made a mistake as this one is not overly popular...

...but I really enjoyed it and was very surprised that people didn't like it more (expectations low = higher score??).

It is the story of Fergus Boggs who has recently suffered a stroke and his daughter
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Rachel Gilbey
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

Until today I have to say I had never given marbles much thought. My sister had a marble run game and went through a phase of buying some pretty marbles for that, and despite me being a collector of many things I have never thought of marbles as a collectors item. In fact I've never thought of them as a competitive game with many variants, and tournaments either, so just from reading The Marble Collector I feel I have learnt a lot about a hobby I barely knew existed.

And from discovering all abo
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Jinghay (these.blank.pages)
Dnfed - it's just not really what I'm looking for right now 👉👈
But I'll come back to it in the future!
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Amy
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book thinking it would be one thing and then it turned out to be something else entirely, something that I absolutely loved. I thought this was going to be a really cheesy romance driven book but it was the exact opposite; it was incredibly heartfelt and heartwarming, and although there was romance aspects it was never about that. It was about family and finding out that the people closest to you, can also be someone else entirely. I was so pleasantly surprised by this book and ...more
Samama Reza
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
As I kept reading The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern, I realized by the 10th chapter how excited I was to just finish this boring book quickly so I can be done with it and start reading something better. By the time I knew this book was bound to throw me into a reading slump by being so bland, it was too late – I was already buddy reading it with my friend and had already wasted 2 weeks of my time.

This book was about a man named Fergus who had a peculiar obsession towards collecting marbles.
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Katy Noyes
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've never really been tempted by Ahern's writing before: reading several books a week, the contemporary romantic story of which she seems to lead the pack just didn't really interest me.

And yet this book held me from the first, it didn't seem like a typical Ahern novel. In a split narrative, Fergus and his daughter Sabrina share the story. Fergus is now an old man suffering from dementia in a care home, Sabrina a lifeguard in another care home for wealthy pensioners, married with three children
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Shaimaa Ali
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Writing is a gift, you may make it more professional by reading more, explore people's lives, watching documentaries & increasing one's life experience but it's all about how gifted you are!
As I consider myself a dedicated Ahern fan, I was a little bit disappointed by this novel. I was searching for the old charm and I found little to none. My favorite writer has forgotten about her witty writing style, her vivid spirit glowing through her novels and fall into what's being called "a professiona
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Amy
4.5 stars. (Won't be reviewing on my blog).

Another gorgeous novel by an author who never ceases to amaze me with her talent, originality, and quite literal magic.
This book is incredible.

- Vivid, three dimensional characters who are real people the instant they arrive on the page.
- Excellent, dynamic relationships ranging from broken families, healed families, sibling love, father and daughter, husband and wife, and friends. Spellbinding.
- Fantastic dark humour.
- Realistic, pitch-perfect di
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Jenny
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book love the story love all her books xxx
Holly
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this time of year. October brings my birthday, November brings a Cecelia Ahern book, and then December gives me Christmas! (And an excuse to reread The Gift…) Cecelia Ahern has been my favourite author since I picked up P.S I Love You in the local library when I was 12 and we had a load of builders in ruining my after school television watching. I have devoured every single book she publishes within a few days of them coming out, and every time I finish I am so mad with myself for not sav ...more
Gillian Ashton
I've read a few Cecilia Ahern novels and I've loved some, and not others. Its been a while since I've read one so I thought I would give this a go. I was hooked at first and really enjoyed it. I thought the whole idea of a hidden life revolving around marbles was a unique concept....and then it just got downright silly towards the end... she just happened to know someone who ran full moon parties with a guy that makes marbles at stupid o clock at night? That she even went out with a nurse from h ...more
Sandra
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
I really enjoyed this novel, as I enjoy all of Cecelia Ahern's books. The best parts of this book were the ones that told Fergus's story. Sabrina was a bit neurotic and probably depressed. I loved that finding her father's marbles helped in healing both of them. Sabrina's part of the story takes place in one day, the day the marbles are delivered. Sabrina had no idea that her Dad had a huge collection of marbles and she makes it her mission to find out the details of his marble life. At the same ...more
Trish
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I admit I find Cecilia Ahern a hit or miss author. For me, this one was a miss.

The story being told from two perspectives was a good idea, and the weaving of the tales together was done alright, but the story just didn't mesh well for me.

We follow Samantha as she tries to discover her father's past and we are enlightened to her father's past by memories which was an intriguing way of piecing the story together, but the story fell flat.

I was expecting something a little more poignant. Not a story
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Angie Rhodes
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
What a wonderful story. Sabrina is passed boxes full of her father Fergus's things by her mother. Amongst them is his collection of Marbles, Now I know what you are thinking, Marbles? with a capital M,, how can a book about marbles be good? How wrong you would be,, Cecelia Ahern has written a wonderful family saga, with a mystery entwined,, Loved it,, xx ...more
Helena Wildsmith
May 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring with dull characters - I'm afraid I gave up after 120 pages! ...more
Bil Halim
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Your trash could be somebody's treasure! and hiding something you love from closest one might be a torture oc. ...more
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Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.

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