The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr
Funny, heart-warming and ultimately triumphant, The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard is the perfect story for anyone who doesn't quite fit in -- and for everyone who chooses not to. Elvira Carr is 27 and neuro-atypical. Her father -- who she suspects was in the secret service -- has passed away and, after several Unfortunate Incidents growing up, she now spends most of her time at home with her overbearing mother. But when her mother has a stroke and is taken into care, Elvira is suddenly forced to look after herself or risk ending up in Sheltered Accommodation. Armed with her Seven Rules, which she puts together after online research, Elvira hopes to learn how to navigate a world that's full of people she doesn't understand. Not even the Seven Rules can help her, however, when she discovers that everything she thought she knew about her father was a lie, and is faced with solving a mystery she didn't even know existed ...
Because life can be complicated ...
Big hearted and charming ... Elvira manages to conjure up the one thing we could all do with: a cheat sheet for the painful puzzle of everyday life -- James Hannah, author of The A to Z of You and Me Charming ... Ellie will make readers smile and occasionally want to take her under a protective arm -- Booklist
The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr is Frances Maynard's first novel. It was runner-up in the Good Housekeeping 2014 First Novel Award and shortlisted for both the 2016 Mslexia First Novel Competition and the Lucy Cavendish prize. Frances teaches English, part time, to adults with learning difficulties, including Asperger's. She is married with one grown-up daughter and lives in Dorset.