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Somewhere Close to Happy: The heart-warming, laugh-out-loud debut of the year

Lia Louis

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

'A thought-provoking, beautifully observed study of love and real life, social issues and mental health' - Jill Mansell. Perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern, Jojo Moyes and anyone looking for a satisfying page-turner.

'A wonderfully written, funny and moving debut with an intriguing mystery at its heart... Unforgettable.' - Claire Douglas, bestselling author

Lizzie James is happy.
She has a steady office job (with a steady stream of snacks), has had the same best friend since school, and she sees her family every Thursday night for take-away and trashy TV. Lizzie likes her uncomplicated life.

Then a letter arrives one day from her first love, Roman. A letter dated the day he disappeared, 12 years before. As Lizzie uncovers the secrets of the letter, she discovers what really happened the year her life fell apart - and all avenues lead back to Roman.

Lizzie James thought she was happy, or somewhere close to happy, at least. Now she's not so sure.

'I LOVED SOMEWHERE CLOSE TO HAPPY. It made me cry several times but was also really funny. It is incredibly good and I am sure it will be huge.' - Laura Marshall, bestselling author of FRIEND REQUEST

*Perfect for fans of Giovanna Fletcher, Mhairi McFarlane and Cecelia Ahern and Kate Eberlen's MISS YOU. This is a novel you won't soon forget.*

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Praise for Somewhere Close to Happy: The heart-warming, laugh-out-loud debut of the year

  • Honest and brave, Somewhere Close to Happy is a thought-provoking, beautifully observed study of love and real life, social issues and mental health

  • Lia is one of those rare writers who manage to break your heart and mend it all at once. Somewhere Close to Happy is a gem of a book - funny, touching and true

  • I thought it was both a funny and heart-warming story... Louis's is a bold, standout voice in the women's fiction genre and Somewhere Close To Happy deserves to be huge.

  • A wonderfully written, funny and moving debut with an intriguing mystery at its heart. I laughed, cried and was completely swept away by Lizzy and Roman's story. Unforgettable.

  • I loved it. I want more. It is just exquisitely written. So tender and packed with emotion but also great humour. It deserves to soar.

  • This book is beautiful. The writing is generous and kind and funny. I fell in love with the story and the characters, it made me feel hopeful, and I cried. Lia is such a talented, wonderful writer.

  • Oh my god, I LOVED Somewhere Close to Happy. It made me cry several times but was also really funny. It is so incredibly good.

  • Beautiful, raw, emotional, gripping. Roman and Lizzie will burrow into your hearts and never leave.

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Lia Louis

Lia Louis is a writer from Hertfordshire where she lives with her partner and three young children. In 2015, she won ELLE magazine's annual talent competition with her contemporary love letter, #RelationshipGoals. Lia's fascination with letters doesn't stop with her writing: she also has a varied collection of old letters which are a source of inspiration to her. SOMEWHERE CLOSE TO HAPPY is her first novel. Lia can be found tweeting at @LisforLia

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