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When We Were Young

Richard Roper

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A quirky and tender, funny and moving story about the bittersweet highs and lows of 30-something life - perfect for fans of Mike Gayle, Nick Hornby, David Nicholls and Gail Honeyman.

A tender and funny story about wanting to go back - when you know it's time to move on.

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Theo has been living in his parents' shed, nursing a broken heart and a wounded ego, convinced life can't get any worse. Then he gets evicted on his 30th birthday. Theo thinks he's done with the real world - until it shows up on his doorstep...

Joel is a successful TV scriptwriter, still in love with his teenage sweetheart. A proper grown-up - and yet he's falling apart at the seams. He's headed home to reconnect with best friend Theo - except they haven't spoken since the summer they turned 16.

One of them is keeping a secret, and the other is living a lie. But can the promise they once made to walk all 184 miles of the Thames Path help them find their way back to the truth - and to their friendship?

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Your favourite authors have loved reading Richard Roper's uplifting first novel, Something to Live For:

'A magnificent read. Tender, funny, compelling' Lucy Foley
'Funny, moving and thought-provoking - I loved this' Clare Mackintosh
'I adored this! It warmed my heart, broke it a little, then put it back together' Beth O'Leary
'Funny, fresh and achingly tender. Richard's writing hooked me in from the very first page' Cathy Bramley
'A life-affirming novel that simultaneously tweaks your funny-bone and tugs at your heartstrings. Brilliant!' Matt Dunn
'It pulls you in, makes you laugh and breaks your heart' Gill Hornby

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Richard Roper

Richard Roper grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, before studying English at the University of Sheffield. He now lives in London, where he works as an editor. His first novel, SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR, was widely acclaimed and has been translated into 19 languages. He is @richardroper on twitter and instagram. He can also be found at www.richardroperauthor.com.

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