Nicci Morrison was always the first of her friends to do everything…
But she wasn't meant to be the first to die.
Saying goodbye is never easy, but at least Nicci has one last chance to make a difference before she goes. She’s decided to leave letters giving her most treasured possessions to her closest friends.
To her single friend Mona she bequeaths her husband David, little knowing her best friend found The One a long time ago…To childless Jo, Nicci leaves the care of her three-year-old twin daughters. Jo however is finding it hard enough to cope with the fortnightly arrival of her stepsons. To Lizzie she leaves her garden. But while Lizzie is loyally tending Nicci’s plants, the parts of her own life that are in desperate need of attention are falling by the wayside.
But Nicci didn’t always know best, and she couldn’t
have imagined the changes and challenges her letters set in motion for the loved ones she’s left behind.
Praise for To My Best Friends:
‘You’ll need someone to discuss it with as soon as you’ve turned the final page, and make sure you have tissues to hand.’ The Independent on Sunday
‘Conceptually brilliant and exceptionally moving.’ Rachel Johnson, The Lady Magazine
‘I cried buckets, this book is amazing’ Melissa Hill (Author)
“a bittersweet tale of friendship, frocks and very modern families." **** The Sun's Buzz magazine
"A warm, wise page-turner that has the wit of Sex And The City and the emotion of P.S. I Love You." Red (Top ten beach reads – august issue)
"An exploration of the power and pitfalls of female friendship, it's both funny and moving." The Culture Edit, Net-a-porter.com
‘To My Best Friends is smart, poignant and real.’ Heat
‘I finally got round to reading the book (not for want of trying) and love it.’ Lauren Laverne
‘a warm, inspiring story about love, friendship and letting go.’ Good Housekeeping
‘an emotional, life-affirming novel about the power of female friendships.’ Grazia
‘There aren't many books that can make me properly sob, but this is one of them. Cleverly structured, To My Best Friends is a grown-up tale of love and loss that got me thinking about the complicated nature of female friendship, with all its joys and sorrows. Sam Baker's writing is humane and life-affirming’ Jojo Moyes
‘Sam Baker has written a glorious hymn to one of the strongest, yet most underestimated loves in life – that of the woman for her girlfriends. You will love this book, I promise ’ Allison Pearson
‘really engaging and entertaining, a really good read’ Jane Fallon
‘A gorgeous indulgence of a novel. Full of friendship, flirting and frocks. It’s irresistible’ Adele Parks
About the author
Sam Baker grew up in Hampshire and after a degree in politics at Birmingham University became a journalist, going on to edit some of the UK's biggest magazines. For six years she was Editor in Chief of Red magazine, where she set up the Red Hot Women Awards recognising achievement across politics, science, tech, the arts, media and charity, as well as championing support for Refuge, the charity for victims of domestic abuse.
In 2015 she co-founded and launched The Pool with Lauren Laverne, the online platform that makes inspiring and original content for busy women.
Sam is married to the novelist Jon Courtenay Grimwood and lives in Winchester. When she’s not working or writing she escapes by devouring crime novels or watching box sets.