Tipped by Grazia ‘one of the summer’s biggest audiobooks’ in their exclusive article, The Shelf is a funny, feminist and all-too-relatable novel about our obsession with coupling up, settling down and the battle we all have with accepting ourselves.
Everyone in Amy’s life seems to be getting married, having children and settling down (or so Instagram tells her), and she feels like she’s falling behind.
So, when her long-term boyfriend surprises her with a dream holiday, she thinks he’s going to finally pop the Big Question. But the dream turns into a nightmare when, instead, she finds herself on the set of a Big Brother-style reality television show, The Shelf.
Along with five other women, Amy is brutally dumped live on TV and must compete in a series of humiliating and obnoxious tasks in the hope of being crowned ‘The Keeper’.
The book has already garnered much praise and attention from authors including Marian Keyes, Katie Fforde, Lindsey Kelk, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Laura Jane Williams and Lucy Vine. It’s also already been optioned by Monumental Pictures to create a TV show.
Daisy seems to be a fan too, saying: ‘The Shelf is fun, thought-provoking and unapologetically feminist, shining a light on the pressures felt by so many women. I had such a great time narrating Helly’s novel and bringing her wonderful collection of characters to life. It really is the perfect antidote to lockdown life.’
You can get your hands on Daisy’s rendition of the audiobook today, along with the eBook. The hardback follows on the 9th July.