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  • Published: 16 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9780857527202
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $37.00

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

'Full of wisdom and kindness. Just the kind of book I adore' JOANNA CANNON. An unforgettable, stirring debut of unlikely friendship and living life to the full, for fans of HAROLD FRY, ELINOR OLIPHANT and THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP

An extraordinary friendship. A lifetime of stories.
Their last one begins here.

'Full of wisdom and kindness. It is just the kind of book I adore' JOANNA CANNON

'Heartwarming, remarkable stories' BBC BOOKS FOR 2021
Life is short. No-one knows that better than seventeen-year-old Lenni living on the terminal ward. But as she is about to learn, it's not only what you make of life that matters, but who you share it with.

Dodging doctor's orders, she joins an art class where she bumps into fellow patient Margot, a rebel-hearted eight-three-year-old from the next ward. Their bond is instant as they realize that together they have lived an astonishing one hundred years.

To celebrate their shared century, they decide to paint their life stories: of growing old and staying young, of giving joy, of receiving kindness, of losing love, of finding the person who is everything.

As their extraordinary friendship deepens, it becomes vividly clear that life is not done with Lenni and Margot yet.

Fiercely alive, disarmingly funny and brimming with tenderness, THE ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LENNI AND MARGOT unwraps the extraordinary gift of life even when it is about to be taken away, and revels in our infinite capacity for friendship and love when we need them most.

'Emotional, involving, witty and sad. Everyone is going to love LENNI AND MARGOT' JILL MANSELL

'Lenni and Margot are two of the most wonderful, warm, witty and wise heroines I've ever met. Beautiful and glorious' CLARE POOLEY, author of The Authtenticity Project

'Such a delight! I fell head over heels for Lenni and Margot, their wit and vibrancy and marvellous outlooks on life. An utter joy' ABBIE GREAVES

  • Published: 16 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9780857527202
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $37.00

About the author

Marianne Cronin

Marianne Cronin was born in 1990 and grew up in Warwickshire. She studied English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, before going on to specialise in applied linguistics, earning her MA and PhD from the University of Birmingham. The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot is her debut novel

Praise for The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

A truly gorgeous book, brimming with life and colour


Sharp and funny, warm and wise, a remarkable friendship sparks two lifetimes of shared stories in one unforgettable book. I loved it.


A gorgeous, heartbreaking story readers won't soon forget


Cronin's characters are fully drawn, and chime together to tell a sweet story about connection, loss and living


A gorgeous, heartwarming novel. The perfect antidote to the world right now


Filled with kindness and quirky characters who restore your faith in life. This debut will stay with you, answering the question, What is life made of?


Full of honesty and warmth. A beautiful debut


An extraordinary tale of living, love and heartbreak

The Sun

Charged with light and colour. Gloriously original and full of wisdom, humour, and hope. It made me think and care and laugh and cry. One of my all-time favourite books


A beautiful, funny, and incredibly assured story filled with rich characters.


A special and lovely read. Guaranteed to leave you wanting a hug

STYLIST, Best New Fiction

Heartwarming and remarkable stories of two loveable characters

BBC NEWS, ones to watch, 2021

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The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot book club notes

A tale of extraordinary friendship and a lifetime of stories to share with your book club pals.

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