You always remember your first love. Don’t you…?
’I loved it! So funny and warm. A delicious read’ Marian Keyes
’Hilarious, warm and life affirming’ Jenny Colgan
It began with four words.
‘I love your laugh. x’
But that was twelve years ago. It really began the day Georgina was fired from The Worst Restaurant in Sheffield (© Tripadvisor) and found The Worst Boyfriend in the World (© Georgina’s best friends) in bed with someone else.
So when her new boss, Lucas McCarthy, turns out to be the boy who wrote those words to her all that time ago, it feels like the start of something.
The only problem? He doesn’t seem to remember Georgina – at all…
This irresistible new book from Mhairi McFarlane is the perfect story to escape with. Compulsively readable, absolutely hilarious and deliciously romantic, you will not be able to put it down.
‘I loved it! So funny and warm – a delicious read’ Marian Keyes
‘Wildly funny and wildly romantic… Another wonderful novel from an author at the top of her game’ Louise O’Neill
‘Beautiful, funny and heartbreaking’ Giovanna Fletcher
‘Funny and heartfelt, full of humour and wisdom, I absolutely loved it’ Katie Fforde
‘Intelligent, edgy and laugh out loud funny – a romantic comedy to love’ Sunday Mirror
‘The perfect mix of comedy, whip smart dialogue and all the feels’ Fabulous
‘Mhairi gets the mix of laughs, romance and serious emotional depth just right in this page-turner that stands out from the crowd’ S Magazine
‘Hilarious, clever and beautifully written’ Daily Mail
‘Fiery, feminist, fit, filthy and very timely … astonishingly good’ Harriet Reuter Hapgood
‘A warm belly full of joy from start to finish!’ Holly Bourne
‘Mhairi’s best yet: nobody does modern love like her, hilarious, devastating and real’ Laura Kemp
Praise for Mhairi McFarlane:
‘An effortlessly brilliant read – will have you laughing when you shouldn’t and sobbing when you least expect it’ Giovanna Fletcher
‘Totally hilarious and wincingly real’ Jenny Colgan
‘Her best yet – write faster!’ Holly Bourne
‘No-one writes such wry, emotionally complex romantic fiction’ RED
‘The perfect balance of romcom and drama… the ultimate holiday read!’ GRAZIA
‘Warm, nuanced, compelling’ STYLIST
‘Intelligent and insightful’ HEAT
‘Sparky, smart, sore-stomach-laughing kind of read’ FABULOUS
About the author
Sunday Times bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976 and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah-Ree.
After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels and her first book, You Had Me At Hello, was an instant success. She’s now written five books and she lives in Nottingham with a man and a cat.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Mhairi McFarlane’s Inside Story: “This was the first time I put something really hard-hitting in a book. I’ve done difficult and sad topics, but this was the first time I did a very real, currently political, #MeToo kind of thing. I was totally thrilled that my publisher really supported me. They were up for challenge of trying to weave it into a romantic comedy. I believe it’s an amazing genre as it allows us to comment on life and love and the way we live now, so they have to not become too escapist and too divorced from our lives.
“When I came up the idea for the book, it was one of those rare moments of like, ‘Why has nobody done this before?’ Now, it’s entirely possible that somebody had written a #MeToo storyline into a romantic comedy before and we didn’t find it, but I think there was this asumption that it’s too difficult and too dark a thing to put into, essentially, a light romance. I’m really, really glad I did.”
Customer ReviewsSee All
This book is amazing, genuinely a great read and a nice laugh and it helps that I’m also from Sheffield as well
Witty at times, bit predictable perhaps but good escapism.
Couldn’t stop reading
I read this book in one sitting, I physically couldn’t bring myself to put it down. The characters were flawed and relatable, the flashbacks resembled my own memories of sixth form and the story was well-written and full of emotion. I laughed, I cried (full-on ugly crying, not like a lone tear) and I really felt for the characters. I loved this book so much!