The Library of Unfinished Business

Book Author Patricia Bell
Rights Available World Excl NZ

Maurice, a small-town librarian, dies on Monday morning in a fiery car crash. Finding himself in a very unexpected afterlife, he befriends Kit, who knows more than he should about Heaven – and about Maurice’s life on Earth. Meanwhile Maurice’s daughter, Andy, struggles to come to terms with the death of her ineffectual father. She starts writing letters to him, trying to make sense of her family’s history. As Andy comes closer to discovering a long-hidden secret, Maurice and Kit uncover a terrifying heavenly plot and for the first time ever Maurice must decide: will he stand and fight for something…or risk losing everything? The Library of Unfinished Businss is about the magic of storytelling, the importance of living bravely and the power of love to triumph, even over death.

About the Author

Patricia Bell is a writer and a freelance editor and proof-reader. Her short stories, poems, and non-fiction articles have been published in anthologies, literary journals, and online. Her short story Dandelion Clocks won first prize in the 2021 New Zealand Society of Authors Graeme Lay Short Story Competition, and her fiction has twice been highly commended in national competitions.

​Patricia was born in Northern Ireland to a Presbyterian minister from Belfast and a teacher from Motherwell, Scotland, which probably explains a lot. She now lives with her daughter in Auckland, New Zealand. She is a trained singer and musical theatre performer, a bird nerd and conservation advocate, a proudly loud feminist, and a born-again agnostic.


Cloud Ink Press


232 x 154mm



Contemporary Fiction

Publication Date
March 2022

Rights Available:
World ex NZ

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Clever and nicely subversive

David Hill, Kete

Light-hearted in tone and full of ironic humour, this is an entertaining read that reminds us to hold on to our passions and treasure our time with those we love

Cushla McKinney, Otago Daily Times

'This highly orignal novel is a genre-bending read that I would highly recommend. It's hard to believe it's a debut novel, as it's so beautifully writen and accomplished

Karen McMillan, NZ Booklovers