'Profoundly intelligent and humane. Deserves to feature on many a prize shortlist' GUARDIAN
'A brilliant exploration of friendship, feminism and thwarted ambition' PANDORA SYKES
'If you wished Normal People had tackled female friendship, try Expectation' GRAZIA
What happened to the women we were supposed to become?
Hannah, Cate and Lissa are young, vibrant and inseparable. Living on the edge of a common in East London, their shared world is ablaze with art and activism, romance and revelry – and the promise of everything to come. They are electric. They are the best of friends.
Ten years on, they are not where they hoped to be. Amidst flailing careers and faltering marriages, each hungers for what the others have. And each wrestles with the same question: what does it take to lead a meaningful life?
The most razor-sharp and heartbreaking novel of the year, EXPECTATION is a novel about finding your way: as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a rebel.
FOR FANS OF SALLY ROONEY, DOLLY ALDERTON, ELIZABETH DAY AND PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE'S FLEABAG
'Thoughtful, beautifully written, honest. A sensual book. I URGE YOU TO READ IT' MARIAN KEYES
'Will resonate with approximately 99% of women' RED MAGAZINE summer pick
'One of the most intensely readable novels this year' METRO
'One of our most gifted contemporary writers' WATERSTONES
'Beautiful, sharp, moving. I urge you to read it' ELIZABETH DAY
'I couldn't stop reading the fab Expectation. Such brilliant points on the feminist legacy' PROF KATE WILLIAMS
'The story of 3 college friends, if you're a fan of Sally Rooney, you'll love EXPECTATION' IRISH EXAMINER
'A must-read' FABULOUS MAGAZINE
'Exceptional.. I highly recommend it' STACEY HALLS
'A generation-defining book on motherhood, ambition and sex. Like Normal People with female friendship under the microscope.’ ERIN KELLY
'Jaw-droppingly good' SARRA MANNING
'SO GOOD. A 'What they did next' story of characters from a Sally Rooney novel' SARAH FRANKLIN
'Few novels leave me so genuinely breathless with their brilliance' HANNAH BECKERMAN
'The perfect summer reading' STYLIST
'Sublime' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
'Dark, relatable, elegant' LIZA KLAUSSMANN
'Intimate and touching' NINA POTTELL
'A marvellously tangy London novel' DAILY MAIL
'A grown-up, honest take on female camaraderie. Packed with talking points' MAIL ON SUNDAY
'Hugely absorbing, massively enjoyable' LISSA EVANS
'An observant look at the complexities of modern female friendships' I-NEWSPAPER
'Perceptive, intelligent, bittersweet, and beautifully written' BOOKBRUNCH
'Brings to vivid life that tension one feels just before middle age, when it begins to become clear life won’t end up looking exactly how we thought it would. The female friendships here are ones we’ll all recognize. Outstanding' MARY BETH KEANE
A HighLow, Good Housekeeping, Red, Prima and Irish Independent Best Read of 2019
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We meet Londoners Hannah, Lissa, and Cate when the ambitious sparks of their 20s are beginning to flick out. Transitioning through the past and present, Expectation follows these three friends while they struggle to find meaning in their lives. The nostalgic scenes of their wistful east London summers—featuring Turkish cafes, sun-soaked parks and misguided romances—are a delightful demonstration of Anna Hope’s natural ability to transport readers deep into her character’s world. At times, it feels like a gorgeous love letter to London. Despite the revelation that some of their expectations have not been met, this dazzling novel is hopeful, romantic and a reminder of the enduring power of female friendships.
Hope's enthralling latest (following Wake) propels readers into the lives of three women steeped in personal and political anxieties. Lissa and Hannah, best friends from college, live in London, while Cate, their former roommate and Hannah's best friend from high school, has settled down, gotten married, and moved to Canterbury, where she rues the isolation of her new home and struggles with postpartum depression. Meanwhile, Hannah exhausts herself with rigid routines as she and her husband give it one last go at an IVF pregnancy, and Lissa dreams of life on the stage amid crippling loneliness, a fraught relationship with her artist mother, and regret over her acting career not panning out. Hope breaks the narrative into succinct, startlingly focused chapters that cut between the characters' experiences in their youth with tensions in adulthood, tracing a jagged triangle around their lives as they face adultery, fierce competition, and lingering guilt over not being there for each other in the past. The book's best moments emerge in the women's frank discussions about their sex lives and sexuality, and their anxious grappling with the future. Hope has a bead on what her readers want and she delivers.