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YA novel Hope to feature in #stagetopage UK tour

The #stagetopage tour kicks off at Waterstones Piccadilly on Friday 22 September from 6.30-8.30pm. Book your tickets here.
It's the summer before sixth-form college. When Hope doesn't get into drama college, and her friends do, all her plans fall apart. She's also struggling with grief for her father and the sense that her own body is against her. A chance meeting on a ferry with an attractive Irish boy and a summer job with the Singing Medicine group at Birmingham Children’s Hospital force her to rethink her future plans, but it won't be easy. When things seem to be all over, it might be just the beginning…
This beautiful novel, from the Carnegie nominated author of The Boy who Drew the Futureexamines the decisions young people need to make at a critical point in their lives and the relationships that help shape their future. It also highlights the little known Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), which many women unknowingly suffer from. The hospital setting provides a background for joy and tragedy that mirrors Hope’s own journey to find her real passions and future plans with the help of her family and friends. 
 Hope was launched at Waterstones Birmingham last week, with book blogger Chelley Toy and music from the Singing Medicine choir. 
Rhian will also be touring the UK this autumn as part of the #stagetopage tour that focuses on YA books about music with Chris Russell (Songs about A Girl, Songs about Us), Eleanor Wood (Becoming Betty), Sophia Bennett (Love Song) and Sheena Wilkinson (Street Song). The tour will visit Waterstones stores in Piccadilly, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cheltenham, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Liverpool, Uxbridge, Cardiff and Newcastle.
Praise for Hope
'Brilliant! Touching & truthful. A really full, impressive book.' Tracy Rees, Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller winner
‘Rhian Ivory’s Hope immediately won me over for its ability – rare among UK writers – to capture the modern Irish dialect without venturing into “Oirish” territory. Her own voice is completely believable and makes this issue-heavy story both authentic and engaging.’ Claire Hennessey, The Irish Times
‘I thoroughly enjoyed this little gem. It's out today. You should check it out.’ Cat Clarke, bestselling Zoella & Whsmiths Book club author
‘A wonderful believable read. Hope is an honest and powerful voice that will speak to many.' Eve Ainsworth

'Real characters to root for, laugh with, cry for, and a subject that should be more widely shared.' Joanna Nadin
‘A beautifully told story. Hope is a beautifully written book about grief, self-doubt, courage and hope. It made me cry. It also made me download the clue app. An excellent read!’ Liz Corr, author of The Witch’s Kiss
‘Rhian Ivory’s HOPE is strong and wise and kind and gorgeous. I loved it. Hope is a beautiful book and so carefully covers the hard stuff.’ Alice Broadway, bestselling author of Ink
‘Loved the characters, and the writing is just gorgeous’ Liz Flanagan, best-selling author of Eden Summer
'This book is WONDERFUL.' Emma Pass
'Honest, feminist, uplifting & important' Susie Day 
‘SO, SO GOOD. Brilliant characters & a complete emotional rollercoaster. At one point, I wept like a baby.’ Eloise Williams, bestselling author of Gaslight
‘Singing Medicine is very proud to be part of Hope.’ Rebecca Ledgard, CEO of Singing Medicine