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Publisher Description

Fearlessly frank and funny, the debut adult novel from Dawn O’Porter needs to be talked about.

COW [n.]

A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.

Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.

Tara, Cam and Stella are strangers living their own lives as best they can – though when society’s screaming you should live life one way, it can be hard to like what you see in the mirror.

When an extraordinary event ties invisible bonds of friendship between them, one woman’s catastrophe becomes another’s inspiration, and a life lesson to all.

Sometimes it’s ok not to follow the herd.

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women – judging each other, but also themselves. In all the noise of modern life, they need to find their own voice.


‘A funny, smart, kind, incredibly truthful book about women . . . all the shame, judgement, envy and love that being alive and female entails’ Polly Vernon

‘Smart and insightful’ RED

‘Dawn's writing is addictive – fearless, beyond feisty and seriously funny’ Mel Giedroyc

‘Different, poignant and smart – I loved it’ Sara Lawrence, DAILY MAIL

‘A whirlwind of a story about three women finding their voice amid societal pressures . . . Excellent, funny, and decidedly unpatronising - as candid as Dawn’ METRO

‘An amazing book about choices and being yourself’ PRIMA

‘Compulsive… I can't wait for the next one’ Shappi Khorsandi

‘Funny and excruciating. You'll think about it for weeks!’ Kristen Wiig

‘I loved it. Funny, moving, twisty . . . Wow! I couldn’t stop reading it’ Jill Mansell

‘The Cows looks at motherhood and female friendship through a frank and funny prism that reminds me of the TV show Catastrophe. Smart, fresh and really readable – I loved it’ Tasmina Perry

‘Fast and funny’ WOMAN & HOME

About the author

DAWN O’PORTER is a novelist, columnist, broadcaster and designer who lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, son Art, cat Lilu and dog Potato. She has made numerous documentaries about all sorts of things: polygamy, childbirth, Geisha, body image, breast cancer and even the movie Dirty Dancing. She is the critically acclaimed author of Paper Aeroplanes and Goose.

Dawn launched ‘Help Refugees’ in 2015, a charity that sends urgent care to refugees across Europe. She is also the host of ‘Get It On’, a weekly podcast where she interviews interesting people about why they wear what they wear.


Fiction & Literature
April 6

Customer Reviews

Kerryt6 ,

Great read.

Loved this funny, empowering & sad book.

SamplattenGY ,

WOW... just, WOW

From start to end this book is EVERYTHING!

Every character bought to life and each one relatable in its own way!

Was ‘forced’ to read this as it was the choice of one of our book club crew, but I couldn’t be happier and will read more from Dawn for sure!

RosieDaisyWoollard ,

A great read but left feeling a little dissatisfied

Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy reading this book, couldn’t put it down at one point, the characters are hilarious and strong willed women (a little mad at times) but the premise was good and it started really strong - however I feel that the attempt to connect Tara, Cam and Stella together felt really forced and far fetched. All the characters individual story arcs were well thought out and so interesting which is what kept me hooked, but once the moment on the stairs happened and the three women’s lives started to merge I just got a little disappointed that that was where the story was heading.
It was a really fun read though, Thank you Dawn for portraying real women, I hope you don’t think my criticism is too harsh, I can see that lots of others readers throughly enjoyed it!

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