When God Was a Rabbit

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When God Was a Rabbit is a book by Sarah Winman that was first published in 2011. It won Winman various awards including New Writer of the Year in the Galaxy National Book Awards[1] and was one of the books chosen by Richard & Judy in their 2011 Summer Book Club.[2]


When God Was a Rabbit follows the life of a young girl – Eleanor Maud (Elly for short) – as she grows up first in Essex, then Cornwall and the various characters she meets and befriends along the way. The book is named after God, a pet rabbit given to Elly by her brother who is a constant companion during her childhood. Overall it is a story about love in all its forms, surrounding the central characters, Elly, her brother and their extended circle of family and friends.




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  2. ^ "Current Reads (Summer 2011)". richardandjudy.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Newton First Book Award". edbookfest.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Sarah Winman wins Newton First Book Award". edbookfest.co.uk. Edinburgh International Book Festival. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  5. ^ Singh, Anita (2012-01-20). "Waterstones 11: the literary ones to watch". telegraph.co.uk. The Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-01-29.