Holly Bourne


‘Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.’


Who the f*ck is Tori Bailey?


There’s no doubt that Tori is winning the game of life. A straight-talking, bestselling author, she’s inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir. And she has the perfect relationship to boot.


But Tori Bailey has been living a lie.


Her long-term boyfriend won’t even talk about marriage, but everyone around her is getting engaged and having babies. And when her best friend Dee – her plus one, the only person who understands the madness – falls in love, suddenly Tori’s in terrifying danger of being left behind.


When the world tells you to be one thing and turning thirty brings with it a loud ticking clock, it takes courage to walk your own path.


It’s time for Tori to practice what she’s preached, but the question is: is she brave enough?


Mordantly funny, flinchingly well-observed… A smart, zeitgeisty, and caustically funny read, it has characters you root for. More than that, however, Bourne holds a mirror up to contemporary aspiration, deftly probing the dissonant dualism between the shinier selves projected online and people’s offline reality.

The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times

A very funny novel that lives up to its hype

The Daily Mail
The Daily Mail

A Bridget Jones for millennials… injected with such reality it can’t help but be hilarious…If you want to know what it feels like to be a woman in your thirties, read this. Tori is so like my friends she could walk off the page and into the pub with us…Bourne skewers us smoothly and succinctly

The Times
The Times

Bourne has written a truly sparkling portrayal of a best friendship here…[she] has a native eye for millennial angst…truly a f***ing good novel.

Evening Standard
Evening Standard

This book is so good, and so honest about being a woman.

Marian Keyes
Marian Keyes

Authentic, funny and utterly relatable; this book gave me all of the feelings. This generation's Bridget Jones!

Carmel Harrington, author of The Woman at 72 Derry Lane
Carmel Harrington , author of The Woman at 72 Derry Lane

I haven’t been this obsessed with a book in years. It’s painfully funny, real, but also heartbreaking. Holly Bourne’s writing sees into my soul and I want her to be my best friend. Get this book now or be the loser who can’t join in when everyone else is talking about it.

Lucy Vine, author of Hot Mess and What Fresh Hell
Lucy Vine , author of Hot Mess and What Fresh Hell

A smart, witty and perceptive novel; Bourne is razor-sharp on friendship, self-image and self-deception

Lucy Diamond
Lucy Diamond


Contemporary Fiction

UK Publication

Hachette / Hodder, Spring 2018

US Publication

On offer

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UK & Commonwealth: Hachette / Hodder
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German: DTV
Italian: Edizioni Piemme
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Russian: AST