Seventeen Gifts for Frannie and Jess

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 A heartwarming story of an unbreakable friendship formed between two Games Makers at the fever pitch of the London Olympics.


Francesca Hartford is fearful about volunteering at the London 2012 Olympics – her husband, Donald, has just died and her pillar of support and encouragement has gone with him. Determined to carry on without Donald, Francesca forces herself to volunteer alone. 

During her early shifts, she meets fellow Games Maker Jessica, a bolshy student who is extrovert, outspoken and overpowering. But the more time that Francesca spends with her, the more she realises that Jessica is suffering from loss too. As Olympic fever spreads across the nation, Francesca and Jessica get swept up in the euphoria, developing an unlikely bond that will last forever. 

Set against the backdrop of the most famous British sporting event, Seventeen Gifts for Frannie and Jess beautifully demonstrates how such events can unite a nation. This book will appeal to readers who enjoy stories of enduring friendship, as well as those inspired by the Olympics or those simply looking forward to Rio 2016. 

“Being a Games Maker was one of the most joyous times of my life. This wonderful book has captured that time so beautifully.” – Suzette Woodward, London 2012 Games Maker

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