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‘The Mahogany Pod is a work of literature: beautifully written, meticulously structured and heart-rending... A reminder that time does something more complicated than heal.’

Kate Kellaway, The Observer


‘A rich and tender book, The Mahogany Pod is a haunting tribute to a life and to a companionship, a testament to the power and beauty of love which transcends death.’ 

Horatio Clare

​‘What I love about this affecting and beautifully written memoir is how it examines the long tail of grief, and how bereavement can last a lifetime, even when in the eyes of the world, you have “moved on”.’ 

Caroline Sanderson, Editor’s Choice, The Bookseller


‘In this gorgeous debut, British journalist Hopper looks back on the beauty and turmoil of a whirlwind love affair, and the illness that led to its premature ending. With passion and raw vulnerability, Hopper takes readers through her brief but intense relationship with her first love.’

Publishers’ Weekly, starred review


‘An uplifting story of embracing love no matter how dark the circumstances, about building a life even after the worst has come to pass.’

Dan Townend, Daily Express


‘Written in elegant, lucid prose that comes straight from the heart, The Mahogany Pod is a deeply moving and compelling read.’ 

Frances Hedges, Harper’s Bazaar


‘A compassionate, heart-breaking and uplifting description of love. Spellbinding.’ 

Catherine Simpson, author of When I Had a Little Sister

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