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Trying: the hilarious novel about what to expect when you're NOT expecting

Emily Phillips

4 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Written by Grazia magazine's Features Director, this is a novel about a woman who is trying, and so far failing, to conceive.

'Hilarious, heartbreaking, truthful and bold' Dolly Alderton

Meet Olivia Galvin.


She knows she's lucky. There's the handsome husband. The sounds-pretty-good-on-paper job. A house they can just about afford. Loving, intrusive and completely bonkers extended family. Plus, she's having more sex than she's ever had in her life.

But the one thing she really wants seems to be the one thing she just can't seem to have...

Capturing the stress, sex and sometime hilarity of trying for a baby, Olivia's all-too-familiar battles with modern life make her question whether having it all is ever really worth it.

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Praise for Trying:

'Side-splittingly relatable' Bryony Gordon

'God it's powerful . . . Emily Phillips writes about love beautifully' Marian Keyes

'A deeply moving and raw story, told with great humour. An assured debut' Louise O'Neill

'Marian Keyes for the social media age' Sunday Telegraph

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Praise for Trying: the hilarious novel about what to expect when you're NOT expecting

  • Funny and warm and brilliant - Lucy Vine

  • I've just finished, I couldn't put it down! God, it's powerful, it brought up so many feelings in me. Emily Phillips writes so well, so funny and relatable. Also she writes about love BEAUTIFULLY . . . Funny, bittersweet and touching, this book will resonate with anyone who is 'trying' - Marian Keyes

  • A deeply moving and raw story, told with great humour. An assured debut from Emily Phillips. - Louise O'Neill, author of 'Asking for It' and 'Only Ever Yours'

  • Captures that painful, haywire feeling of wanting something so badly and the all-consuming nature of trying but not getting. - Helen Russell

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Emily Phillips

Emily Phillips' two main life goals have always been: to write a book and to have a baby. As Grazia's Features Director, she's helped change the law to close the pay gap, written on everything from over-committing to egg donation, and interviewed the likes of Amy Poehler and Jane Birkin. Her career highlight was when Jamie Dornan told her (while taking his top off) that his murderous character in The Fall would've found her 'right up his street'. She lives in London with her husband and two cats.

Her first novel, TRYING, is a hugely funny and searingly honest comedy about what to expect when you're not expecting.