Days of Won­der

by Keith Stu­art, Ha­chette

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Books -

This ten­der tale of sin­gle father Tom’s re­la­tion­ship with his 15-year-old daugh­ter tugs at ev­ery heart­string. The Som­er­set, UK, ac­tor and Wil­low Tree The­atre man­ager has been car­ing for Han­nah since mother Elizabeth left when she was five; the same year Han­nah was di­ag­nosed with a se­ri­ous heart con­di­tion, which will cut short her life. Ev­ery year he and the ac­tors put on a sur­prise for her birth­day – the first when she glimpsed “real fairies” from her be­d­room win­dow; the cast dressed up and danc­ing in glow­ing leo­tards. “He called them the Days of Won­der, be­cause he said won­der beat ev­ery­thing,” she con­fides. As Han­nah’s heart be­gins to fail, she searches for a part­ner for Dad when she is gone. The sweet­ness is in the in­ven­tive world Tom has cre­ated to di­vert Han­nah from her ill­ness - their “I Dare You To Wear” game nights, when clad in the dorky sec­ond-hand clothes they have bought each other, they go out for din­ner. “He’d like to bub­ble wrap me,” Han­nah con­fides to us in se­quen­tial father/daugh­ter chap­ters.

But there are many more days of won­der to come.

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