Karen Gregory,


Bloomsbury, 2017

ISBN 9781408882504

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Who Wrote It?

Karen is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, and a project manager by day who’s become adept at writing around the edges (strong coffee and a healthy disregard for housework help). Karen lives in Wiltshire with her family.

What's It About?

When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn't believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don't add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls every aspect of how she goes about her daily life. She's even given her eating disorder a name - Nia. But as the days tick by, Hedda comes to a decision: she and Nia will call a truce, just until the baby is born. 17 weeks, 119 days, 357 meals. She can do it, if she takes it one day at a time.

Fact File

A confirmed bookhead since early childhood, Karen wrote her first story about Bantra the mouse at the age of twelve, then put away the word processor until her first child was born when she was overtaken by the urge to write.

Countless is Karen’s first Young Adult novel. Her second, Skylarks, will be published in May 2018.

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Your Reviews

Emily from King James's School:

I have never read a story like this before, however I found it quite negative and stressful to read, but at times it could be the complete opposite and it gave me more hope.

I found the characters believable, particularly Hedda.

Emily gave Countless 3 out of 5 and now plans to read All About Mia by Lisa Williamson.

Kiera from Crawshaw Academy:

This book is amazing. It's about Hedda, an anorexic girl who finds out she's pregnant. When she gives birth to her beautiful daughter Rose, her life flips upside down as she struggles with love, money, health and happiness. It's heartwarming and sweet, it's a brilliant book. Well done,Karen Gregory!!!

Kiera gave Countless 5 out of 5 and now plans to read All About Mia by Lisa Williamson.