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'Set to become the romcom of the year - a Sleepless In Seattle for the 21st century'
'Funny and winning... a Richard Curtis rom-com that also has its feet firmly planted in real life. A real treat'
'The last book to completely emotionally absorb me in this way was Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, and I think fans of that will adore this'
'If Richard Curtis and Nora Ephron made a story baby'
Zoella Book Club
Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met...
Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they're crazy, but it's the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy's at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.
But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven't met yet, they're about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window...
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'I devoured The Flatshare. Original, funny and touching. Read it'
'One of the most talked about books of 2019... Fans of Jojo Moyes's Me Before You will love this UpLit romcom'
'It's fiction to make you feel good - endlessly enjoyable and brilliant fun'
'In the league of Bridget Jones and Marian Keyes' Walsh sister books'
'Funny, emotional and uplifting'
'A quirky, feelgood read, bursting with character and warmth'
'The Flatshare is a huge, heartwarming triumph'
'Uproariously funny with characters you fall for from the first page'
Woman & Home
'Deliciously funny and truly uplifting'
'Touching, funny and skilful, a delightful read'
'It's funny and charming but there are moments of real poignancy, too. Guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face'
'Heartwarming and brilliant'
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Beth O’Leary’s debut is a love story that brims with bubbly prose, witty dialogue and all the necessary hallmarks of a classic rom-com. The story centres on Leon and Tiffy, two strangers whose lives become entangled when they start sharing a one-bedroom flat in London. O’Leary narrates the novel from both characters’ perspectives, peppering in handwritten Post-It™ notes, texts and Facebook messages to create an immersive and decisively modern portrayal of a burgeoning romance. In addition to being playful, amusing and uplifting, The Flatshare is also an affecting portrait of a woman healing from an emotionally abusive relationship.
Set in the UK, O'Leary's clever debut follows the unlikely romance between two flatmates. Assistant editor Tiffy Moore, who is trying to get over a breakup, and Leon Twomey, who works night shifts at a hospice clinic, agree to live together, though they never run into one another, as their schedules don't overlap. Instead of speaking to one another, Tiffy and Leon communicate by leaving notes about menial things whose food is whose, when trash night is, etc. In parallel plots, Tiffy tries to overcome the traumatic memories of her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend, Justin, who strung her along for months while cheating on her. Meanwhile, Leon diligently tries to reopen his imprisoned brother's robbery case. It's only when Tiffy is running late one morning that the two meet in the shower. Suddenly more interested in each another, Tiffy and Leon find that they are able to help each other in exactly the way the other needs. Somewhat conveniently, Tiffy has just the friend to help Leon with his brother's legal troubles, and Leon is just the person to help Tiffy recover from her breakup. O'Leary's story packs plenty of laughs and gasps; fans of Bridget Jones's Diary will want to give this a look.