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My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is the debut novel from Annabel Pitcher

It was published in the UK by Orion Books on March 1, 2011 and the US release date was August 14, 2012.

The unabridged audiobook version is read by David Tennant. It comes on 5 CD's and the runtime is 6 hours.  The producer was Peter Rinne, who also produced the music.

Click here for reviews.

Click here to hear Annabel talk about the book and here for a trailer, featuring the little boy from the cover.

David, seen here with the author, recorded the book at Motivation Studios on February 15, 2011.

This is an excerpt from Annabel's blog about the news David:

"Today I have mostly been listening to the wonderful DAVID TENNANT reading my audio book. When Pandora, the audio producer at Orion, told me that she had approached him to do the recording of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, I laughed into my cereal.

‘We aimed high,’ she said. ‘So don’t get your hopes up.’ I didn’t. The thought was preposterous. The man famous for Doctor Who and Hamlet reading my debut novel? Never.

When she called back a few days later to say that he had accepted, I choked on my cereal (a different bowl – I’m not a slow eater, nor do I have magical replenishing Shreddies).

What’s more, David was keen to do the reading as soon as possible, so I packed a bag and dashed off to London. Walking into the studio to hear the words I’d written read by an actor I so respected was fantastic.

They were coming up the stairs as I approached the recording room and I paused for a moment. Listened.

Thought Bloody Hell, that’s bloody David Tennant reading my bloody book, then put on my author face and opened the studio door.

As you’d expect, he was lovely – a complete professional and insanely talented, reading the book perfectly in almost one take. We chatted a bit between recordings. Drank coffee. Ate cheese toasties.

Synopsis: "Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a 'Fresh New Start'. Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb.

His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart. But Jamie hasn't cried in all that time."

                           Excerpt from Annabel Pitcher interview -

                     The Scotsman - Susan Mansfield - March 10, 2011

"Pitcher still has to pinch herself, she says, even though she is now well into writing her second book for Orion. Take, for example, the day she went to meet David Tennant, who has recorded the audio book for My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

"I went into the studio, and there was Doctor Who reading words I had written in a little notepad as I travelled round the world, and I was thinking 'Oh my god, how did I end up here?' "I don't think my life will ever be as weird again."?


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