'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, DIANA EVANS, DOLLY ALDERTON, ELIZABETH DAY AND 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
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.