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Space Hopper

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,713 ratings  ·  582 reviews
This is a story about taking a leap of faith
And believing the unbelievable

They say those we love never truly leave us, and I’ve found that to be true. But not in the way you might expect. In fact, none of this is what you’d expect.

I’ve been visiting my mother who died when I was eight.
And I’m talking about flesh and blood, tea-and-biscuits-on-the-table visiting here.

Kindle Edition, 351 pages
Published February 4th 2021 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published January 26th 2021)
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Michael David
I am not usually a huge fan of time travel, but couldn’t keep my intrigue at bay when reading the synopsis for this one.

Faye is happily married to Eddie. They have two young children, and she loves her family with all of her heart. She never really got over the death of her mother when she was a young girl, and she makes it a point to let her daughters know how much she loves them each and every day.

When Faye finds an old Space Hopper box from her childhood, stuffed in the dusty attic, one thi
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wanted to go back in time and to the people in it? Faye longs to reconnect with her mother Jeannie who died when she was a girl and was raised by lovely neighbours Em and Henry. She is now happily married to Eddie who is in training to be a clergyman, they have two daughters, Esther and Evie. Though everything in her life is good, she still feels her mothers loss keenly. Then one day something incredible happens - so, suspend disbelief and dive right into this very emotional journe ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Faye seems to have a perfect life with a job she loves, a happy marriage to to Eddie, who is training to become a vicar, and has two young daughters. However, she worries about becoming a vicar's wife and all the duties that will be required of her, especially since she is a non-believer herself. She also misses her mother who disappeared or died when she was young. Although she was raised by her mother's elderly neighbours who loved and cherished her, she wishes she could remember more about he ...more
Elyse  Walters by Sophia Roberts

“The most important thing to know about your parents, is that they love you”

Helen Fisher sprinkles sweetness of love on top of every theme she explores....(identity, womanhood, daughterhood, marriage, parenting, faith, truth, lies, secrets, love, loss, grief, the present, past, and future)....

It’s really ‘sweet’....tender....enjoyable....quick reading or quick listening....with charming characters.

Little thoughts about parents:
.....You cannot easily know you
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Give me a well-executed time travel plot, and I will give it five stars every time. As much as I am not a fan of dystopia/fantasy/sci fi reads, there is something enticing about time travel - I blame it on my years-long fascination with the Outlander series. This one offered so much more though in the way of exploration of faith and family, and it moved me in ways that are hard to express.

Faye is a happily married, London mother of two young daughters, who tragically lost her own mother at the
2.5 stars

I don’t read much science fiction, as the genre just doesn’t interest me and I don’t want to waste my time slogging through books that I know I most likely won’t enjoy. Having said that though, I AM open to occasionally trying out books of other genres with sci-fi themes worked into the story (as long as it’s not hard-core sci-fi stuff) and there have been plenty of times where I actually had a good reading experience. This is one of the reasons why I decided to pick up Helen Fisher’s d
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book excited me with it's storyline. An adult woman falls through time back to when she was 6 years old. She is able to watch her child self interact with her mother that she lost at 8 and yearned for her entire life. Having lost my father at 11 I loved this idea. Yet? This book absolutely dragged painfully and the only good parts was when she was watching her child self. It IS well written but the pace ruined it. ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming and life-affirming. A book that rejuvenates the soul while pushing the limits of imagination. When reading about time travel it is easy to get twisted into a pretzel. Helen Fisher does an admirable job of presenting Faye's experiences in a straightforward manner while still opening us up to the 'what ifs.' This is a book I will be recommending with relish. I am keeping this short so I don't give away too much and ruin the experience for someone else. It has been compared to 'The Tim ...more
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
“Space Hopper” is written by Helen Fisher and is a remarkable time travelling story with some wonderful philosophical moments, focusing on female relationships, family and the power of faith.
‘Although Faye is happy with her life, the loss of her mother as a child weighs on her mind even more now that she is a mother herself. So she is amazed when, in an extraordinary turn of events, she finds herself back in her childhood home in the 1970’s. Faced with the chance to finally seek answers to her
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Space Hopper is a delightfully quirky little novel that I read in a matter of hours. It was just so compelling and I wanted to know how it would pan out.

The story follows 36 year old Faye who feels a great loss in her life even though from the outside it’s seemingly happy. She has a loving husband in Eddie and two beautiful daughters... but Faye is an orphan. Her mother died when she was just a girl and she was taken in by some kindly neighbours... Aunt Em and Uncle Henry (hello cute nod to Wiz
ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook
It’s tempting to categorize this book as science fiction, given the time traveling theme, but it’s far more like literary women's fiction. The unconventional premise and non-linear story line rapidly give way to beautiful writing and well-drawn characters, with many a poignant moment. The author has done a brilliant job of telling this complex story, and left this reader in tears and thinking about the book long after it was finished. ...more
Zibby Owens
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot stop thinking about Faye, Faraway. As I was reading, I did not see any of it coming. I keep spinning the story around in my head and going back to the beginning to see how everything worked. This book is very thought-provoking and amazing, and it's wonderful when there's a plot that gives you something extra-special at the end. From the very beginning, it made me want to keep reading.

I loved this passage: "The loss of my mother is like a missing tooth, an absence I can feel at all time
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like the protagonist In this novel, Faye, I too was born in the 1970s. I did not however, have a spacehopper, although I really wanted one! This book is all about the box the spacehopper is packaged in and the fact it allows now 30plus year old Fayeto time travel back to see her younger self, and meet her Mother. It’s a brilliant tale, and it kept me gripped with uncertainty regarding what would happen next. It’s well written and I really liked all the characters, particularly Louis, Faye’s good ...more
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such an emotional book!
I was crying within the first few pages!
I’m not a big time travel fan but this was done right. Faye lost her mother at a young age and had always missed her. She’s now married with children. One day she finds a picture and gets the chance to go back and visit her mother again. The conversations they have are more than she could’ve imagined.
I definitely recommend this book!
Thanks to Netgalley for my advanced ebook copy.
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
It took me a long time to get through this book. It's a quiet type of meandering story with lots (and lots) of inner contemplation and discussion and pondering and not a huge amount of action. I get that books don't really need a ton of action, but as this centers on Faye traveling back in time and meeting the mother who died when she was a child, I was expecting a bit more.

Overall I appreciated the themes explored in this tale, especially when Faye talks to Eddie and he compares his calling fro
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
Faye has it all: A wonderful and supportive husband, two sweet daughters, fantastic friends, and a job she enjoys. Yet there's one thing she feels like she's missing - her mother. Faye's mother died when she was 8 and Faye's felt her absence ever since. When she comes across a childhood photo and a space hopper box, Faye stumbles back into the 70s and rediscovers the woman who was her mother. But the time-travel comes with consequences. As Faye hops back and forth between the present and the pas ...more
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Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has taken me a bit to wrap my head around this book. I was intrigued by the premise immediately and though I could sense how the story would unfold, there were still some delightful surprises. The novel is told in a playful conversational style. It took me a little to get used to the narrator, Faye, speaking directly to me/the reader as well as her meandering internal dialogue. You do need to suspend disbelief quite a bit to enjoy the story, but I don't believe anyone who couldn't, would pick ...more
Rebecca | Velvet Opus
Space Hopper is a hidden gem in contemporary speculative fiction

it's rare to pick up a book that's exactly what you expected it to be. Don't get me wrong, I love a story that surprises me, but it's also so wonderful to pick up a book and just know what it's about, to get its vibe, without knowing the "big plot twist", the thing that happens in chapter 50 or THAT ending. Refreshing, really. Call it good, targeted marketing, but, if you like the sound of this book I'm pretty sure you'll love it.

Amina Kara
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful read and I thoroughly enjoyed it although there were a few times when I wanted to give Faye a shake and shout 'No! Don't do that!' at her!

At times I also found it frustrating how she shared things with her friend, Louis, but not with her husband! I honestly was tempted to shout 'TELL YOUR HUSBAND!' at her a few times too.

I loved the time travel concept, although it was confusing to keep up with at times!

It was also sad and heartbreaking to read at times especially when Fa
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

“Space Hopper is an original and poignant story about mothers, memories and moments that shape life.”

... says the publisher, and they are right. I appreciated the idea behind this book, but unfortunately I just didn’t connect at all with the main character, which I think is essential with a first person narrative.

It’s my belief that Space Hopper is most likely to resonate with women who lost a parent, particularly a mother, at a young age, and can therefore empathise with Faye’s obsession. Someo
Sarah Cetra
Truly the most boring time travel book I could imagine. Nothing happened, the characters were all flat, the main character was annoying & had no development, and her relationship with her husband was so weird.

Faye’s two female friends were awful, and had no other personality traits. Louis was fine, if one-note. Her children were hardly a factor in any choices Faye made, and her husband’s vicarage storyline felt like it was trying to say something but didn’t end up saying anything.

Really really
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was one of the most heartbreaking and yet hopeful books I've ever read. From the beautiful cover (my favorite color scheme) to the very idea of reconnecting to a deceased love one I was hooked from the beginning.

Helen fisher writes with the voice of someone who has written for years; it is hard to believe that this is her debut novel. She paints such a clear picture and characters you want to hold and never let go.

at the heart of this novel is a story of faith, of hope and of embracing the
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the last book I read in 2020 and it was a great one with which to end such a tumultuous year.

I really liked this novel, especially since I am so into time travel. Helen Fisher had a creative way of handling the time travel component, but you'll need to suspend disbelief in order to appreciate it.

The characters and storyline were enjoyable throughout. I thought it was cool what Faye did for her job and I loved her friendship with Louis. This novel helped me understand blindness in a ne
Fay Flude
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin? How can I do this book justice? Before I write anything else all you really need to know is that you MUST read this book!
This is a marvellous nostalgic time travelling book that had me laughing, crying, sighing and frowning. I laughed because a lot of the events are funny, I cried because the central character Faye has never got over the death of her mother when she was just 8 years old, I sighed because of the profound and reflective comments often made by Eddie, Faye's husban
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Madeleine Black
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Faye discovers accidentally that the box from her Space Hopper is a bridge to her mother who died when she was just eight years old and it becomes a bridge to her past where she meets her Mother again and her younger self, as she time travels back to the 1970's.

This book started off just being a quirky story but it ended up being so much more for me!

It is a story of letting go, acceptance, grief, relationships and love. And I thought it was magical!
Natalie "Curling up with a Coffee and a Kindle" Rampling
I am struggling to find the words for this review. This book spoke to me in ways I was NOT expecting, but the emotions I feel upon finishing are difficult to process.
When I first started it, I knew this book was going to break my heart but also fulfil it. It is worth pointing out that I had no prior expectations or knowledge about this book but thought I would give it a try. This week my family has just 'celebrated' my mother's birthday, as well as the 17 year anniversary of her death, and I was
I'm so pleased that this book caught my eye and I was delighted to be given the opportunity to read an advanced review copy.

This début is a truly marvellous story. Eddie and Faye are happily married and they have two much-adored daughters, Esther and Evie. Eddie is training to be part of the clergy, and whilst Faye doesn’t share his belief in God their relationship is built on love, honesty, trust, respect and support. Though everything Faye's life is grand, at just eight years old when her mum,
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
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I read this in my online book club and consider it to be a "different" type of story. Certainly not something I would ordinarily choose, but then I dislike sci-fi, time-travel type stories. Nonetheless, parts of this were charming despite me finding the main character irritating. My main problem with the story is that a mother would put herself before her children and risk not seeing them again or losing them. I did enjoy the input of a lesser character, Louis whose logic and turn of phrase salv ...more

WOW!!!! I have to rave about how great this story is that Helen Fisher has created for us reader's to draw inspiration from. This isn't a mournful or a tragic story it is a whimsical one about an adult daughter whom is married to a man she loves with two young daughter's who lost her mother when she was eight year's old and the magical way she finds her mother again. The heroine in this quirky, and bewitching debut's name is Faye. Faye has the perfect life but carries
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Helen Fisher spent her early life in America but grew up mainly in Suffolk, England, where she now lives with her two children. She studied psychology at Westminster University and ergonomics at University College London, and worked as a senior evaluator in research at the Royal National Institute of Blind People. Faye, Faraway is her first novel.

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