Hilarious, heart-breaking, warm and compelling - the debut novel from a much-loved comedian
Jane is trying.
She's been trying for a baby, with increasing desperation as her thirties sail by.
Now, she's trying to make a new start back home with her overprotective, charades-obsessed parents - having left her career and cheating fiance behind in London.
And, she's trying to convince herself she didn't leave the front door unlocked, or the gas on. (Jane's not anxious. She just wants to make one hundred percent sure that nothing bad's going to happen to her. EVER.)
With an increasing load on her plate, friends and family who think if she only listens to them she'll have a perfect life, and a brain which questions every decision she's ever made, can Jane conquer her demons and step forward on her own?
I LOVED Jane Is Trying. It has all the warmth, cleverness, wit and turn of phrase I fell in love with watching Isy performing - Aisling Bea
Sharp, tender, darkly funny and so well observed
Gripping, laugh out loud and heart-warming. Suttie has created a charming world of oddballs (and their even odder parents) I miss them all already!
Jane is Trying is laugh out loud funny, beautiful and brave. It manages to be true to life and yet so full of funny and outrageous drama, too. This is the kind of book that you wish would never end. I loved it!
Very funny and utterly charming. Jane is Trying is tremendous
I was already a huge fan of Isy Suttie and can confirm I'm now at the raging, crying, teenager-obsessed-with-Harry-Styles level. Jane Is Trying is absolute genius; so clever and funny. I laughed and cried constantly and couldn't put it down. Everyone should read it.
A chilling scenario: the move back to your childhood home. Isy explores its perils in her usual manner: 0% pretension, 100% warmth and love. You root for Jane to pull through this pickle, and you root for Isy to write more and more of these
Gripping. Brilliant. Hilarious. Poetic. Profound. An absolute triumph. Every single line is a thing of beauty
Isy Suttie is a comedian, actress and writer. She has written for the Guardian, the Observer, the New Statesman, Red and Glamour. She appears regularly on BBC Radio 4, where her show Pearl and Dave won a Gold Sony Award in 2013. Her TV credits include Dobby in Peep Show and Esther in Shameless, plus appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You? and Q.I. A three-time British Comedy Award nominee, her short stories have appeared in A Love Letter To Europe and Dead Funny: Encore. Her memoir, The Actual One, was published by Orion in 2015.