The Shelf

Helly Acton

Amy Wright thinks her boyfriend is surprising her with a dream holiday to pop the question after two yearstogether. But the dream turns into a nightmare when she removes her blindfold and finds herself on the set of The Shelf, a Big Brother-style reality TV show.


The Shelf broadcasts the humiliating plight of six women who’ve been dumped by their partners in the studio house in front of a live studio audience and millions of viewers.


On The Shelf, Amy must prove to the public she’s The Keeper by completing and winning a range of tasks, such as remaining calm and polite with men, dressing the part for occasions, and preparing herself for motherhood.


Whilst she initially stays on The Shelf with the million pound prize in mind, as Amy comes to know the other housemates, and is given a month to think about what she actually wants, she might just come away with a much bigger reward.



Contemporary Fiction

UK Publication

Bonnier Zaffre, July 2020

US Publication

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UK & Commonwealth: Bonnier Zaffre
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French: HarperCollins
Hungarian: Maxim
Romanian: RAO