The Lonely Fajita

Abigail Mann

Elissa Evans is about to turn 26 – she’s interning for free at an East London dating app called Lovr and living with her boyfriend in a fairly squalid houseshare in Stockwell. Most of all, she’s lonely.

When the app’s investment goes under, and her housemates decide it’s time for her to move out, she has no option but to sign up to ElderCare – a rent-free programme in the community which places young millennials in homes with solitary pensioners.

But Annie is not your classic pensioner – she’s cheeky, rude and got a heart of Northern steel. And she’s turned down everyone ElderCare have suggested until meeting Elissa.

After a strained start, the two women develop an unlikely friendship and teach each other how to find a less isolated way to live life. Elissa’s newfound community inspires a way she can save Lovr from bankruptcy, and when she finds crinkled hidden love letters from a mysterious man signing off as ‘H’, and Annie mentions an estranged son in Australia, Elissa sets about her own plan to reunite them.


Contemporary Fiction

UK Publication

HarperCollins / Avon, May 2020

US Publication

HarperCollins / Avon, May 2020

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World English: HarperCollins / Avon