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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

What to expect when you're not expecting...

Having been fiercely focused on her career, Olivia and her husband Felix have moved to the suburbs in anticipation of their future family. But despite approaching her cycle and their sex life with military precision, there's still no sign of what felt like the sure next step, whilst friends' broods seem to be growing by the week. Meanwhile, vying for a promotion at work under the (very attentive) watch of a new boss sends Olivia down a dangerous road of risking it all. Does a happy ever after, she starts to question, even have to include a baby?

This is standout, intelligently written commercial fiction for fans of Sharon Horgan's Catastrophe, Dawn O'Porter's The Cows and Mhairi McFarlane's It's Not Me, It's You.

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Emily Phillips

Emily is currently Features Director at Grazia. As a journalist, she's done everything from helping change the law for British women with the Mind the Pay Gap campaign, to interviewing the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Helen Mirren, Anne Hathaway and Amy Poehler (as well as Johnny Depp, who she was less impressed with). Jamie Dornan admitted that his murderous character Paul Spector in The Fall would have found her 'right up my street' just after taking his top off in front of her. Her proudest moment was nearly toppling Trump before the election by interviewing the first of his inappropriate conduct accusers.

Living in London with her husband and two cats, Emily had two main life goals: write a book and have a baby. Her novel TRYING - a comedy about what to expect when you're not expecting - is due in early 2018.