Hodder & Stoughton
Hodder & Stoughton
Hodder & Stoughton
The blisteringly funny, honest and fearless debut adult novel from bestselling author Holly Bourne.
THE TIMES BESTSELLER
'The most perceptive book I have ever read about the female interior' DOLLY ALDERTON
'Identifiable, heart-breaking and wickedly funny. I'd say this is one of my favourite books of the year' GIOVANNA FLETCHER
'Bourne holds a mirror up to contemporary aspiration' SUNDAY TIMES
Everyone wants to be Tori Bailey.
A straight-talking, bestselling author, she's inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir and uplifting posts online. What's more, her perfect relationship with her long-term boyfriend is the envy of all their friends.
But Tori isn't being honest.
While everyone around her is getting engaged and having babies, Tori's boyfriend will barely look at her, let alone talk about marriage. And when her best friend Dee unexpectedly falls in love, suddenly Tori's in danger of being left behind.
Tori's built a career out of telling women how to live their best life, but is she brave enough to admit it's not what she wants?
The debut adult novel by bestselling author Holly Bourne is a blisteringly funny, honest and moving exploration of love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties.
Everyone is raving about this book!
'It'll resonate with anyone trying to convince themselves that sticking it out is better than being alone.' EMERALD STREET
'Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs' RED
'It speaks so many truths about being a woman in your thirties; friendships, love and what a fickle beast social media can be. ' CLEMMIE HOOPER
'Hilarious and painfully true' GRAZIA
'Sure to resonate with anyone navigating the emotional minefield of their thirties' RED ONLINE
'Funny, real and heartbreaking. I haven't been this obsessed with a book in years.' LUCY VINE
'Injected with such reality it can't help but be hilarious' TIMES
'A very funny novel that lives up to its hype' THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Truly a f***ing good novel - Evening Standard
It is so good! It is so honest about being a woman and all the things that are expected of us ... I enjoyed it very much.
The most perceptive book I have ever read about the female interior
Honest and unflinching - Stylist
There's a duality in reading things that are super relatable - it feels great to be heard, but also a little exposing. There's a little bit of that in Holly Bourne's latest novel, but nothing will stop you getting to the end...This novel is funny, touching and searingly honest - Grazia
Injected with such reality it can't help but be hilarious - Times
Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs - Red
I haven't been this obsessed with a book in years. It's painfully funny, real, but also heartbreaking. Get this book now or be the loser who can't join in when everyone else is talking about it.
Holly started her writing career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general 'agony aunt' for a youth charity - helping young people with their relationships and mental health. Inspired by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling, award-winning 'Spinster Club' series which helps educate teenagers about feminism. When she turned thirty, Holly wrote her first adult novel, examining the intensified pressures on women once they hit that landmark.
Alongside her writing, Holly has a keen interest in women's rights and is an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health problems. She's helped create online apps that teach young people about sexual consent, works with Women's Aid to spread awareness of abusive relationships, and runs Rethink's mental health book club.