The Most Beautiful Thing

the most beautiful thing

My most popular book. Buy now on Kindle UK or Kindle US or in paperback on Amazon UK or Amazon US.

This book really is a beautiful thing. Definitely the best book I’ve read this year. ~ Jackie Stewart

Meet Joe. 14 years old, obsessed with birds & the weather, and perplexed by humans. Spend the Summer in Amsterdam with his chaotic artist aunt Nel. Come back fifteen years later, witness a tragedy, and discover a secret which will change everything…

Reviews of The Most Beautiful Thing

“This book really is a beautiful thing. Enter the world of Joe, 14 years old and spending the summer in Amsterdam with his artist aunt Nel. Beautifully observed, tender, thoughtful and insightful, this book twists and turns in the way that life does…revealing beauty and dysfunction. Fast forward in time to 15 years later when Joe returns to Amsterdam uncovering a tragedy and a secret that will turn his world upside down. This is a memorable book; a truly beautiful thing; a story that stays with you long after you read it. Definitely the best book I’ve read this year.”
~Jackie Stewart, Flower Spirit: Soul medicine for conscious living

“Wow! Just finished your wonderful novel “The Most Beautful Thing!” Full of rich and quirky characters, intense family drama, multicultural influences, and the exploration of a deep and very important subject matter. I highly recommend this fabulous book!” ~slonurse on

“This story kept me awake into the wee small hours, I simply couldn’t put it down. I have recommended this book to all my friends and have already given two as gifts.” ~Mary McC on

“Heartrending but surprisingly uplifting. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and I too found it so gripping that I stayed up very late reading it. Quirky Joe is such a lovable character, his inner world is beautifully described and your heart goes out to him.” ~Tin on

“I loved this book. I will read it many more times.” ~Bikerchick on

“I was surprised by this wonderful novel. I thought initially it was going to be a ‘relationship’ book, but as I became more involved with the characters I realised it was a significant contribution to the literature of ‘The Outsider’. From Dostoevsky to Camus writers have attempted to delve into the psyche of those who behave differently, who are perhaps more creative, more violent, more passionate, more remote, than the supposedly normal person. Fiona Robyn captures beautifully the outsider in gently affectionate prose. Joe is an outsider, an insecure, bookish, distant teenager. In two slices of Joe’s life the author manages to capture the complexity that so many teenage boys and young men grapple with. Sexual frustration, the retreat into books, facts, figures, anything to repel the difficulties presented by a world filled with the puzzle of other people. From the perspective of middle age I can identify with so much experienced by Joe, both as a teenager and a young adult, and am amazed at the perspicacity of Fiona Robyn in capturing it so well.” ~Anthony Foley via

“Lovely, vivid, capturing. I didn’t want to stop reading this once I started. What a wonderful job of capturing the beauty and agony of family!” ~Brandi Trevisan via Goodreads

“The hero has a number of psychological traits often associated with Asperger’s syndrome, such as social awkwardness, obsession with specific fields of knowledge, and picky eating habits, but these are not pathologized or even diagnosed in the course of the novel. Instead, they simply form part of who he is. They contribute to some — but not all — of his weaknesses, and also to his strengths, such as the good job he gets in the British weather service and even more so to the way he never judges others on whether they fit into social norms. I was impressed by the way a woman writer could portray a character so different from herself so well.” ~KrisHL on

Praise for my previous novels: 

“Robyn is the real thing. A gifted writer who understands the complexities of the human soul.” Jacqui Lofthouse

“Fiona Robyn is a thoughtful and moving writer, who has a great sense of human emotion.” Michael Kimball

“Wise, true and moving. Thaw poses important questions about how and why we live.” Esther Morgan

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