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How Do You Like Me Now?

How Do You Like Me Now?

THE TIMES BESTSELLER

The most perceptive book I have ever read about the female interior’ DOLLY ALDERTON

‘It is so good! It is so honest about being a woman and all the things that are expected of us … I enjoyed it very much.’ MARIAN KEYES

AS DISCUSSED ON THE SARA COX SHOW AND BBC WOMAN’S HOUR
A STYLIST MUST READ BOOK OF 2018
A RED MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF 2018

*****

‘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. She’s inspired millions of women to stick two fingers up at convention with her bestselling memoir, and she has the perfect relationship to boot.

But Tori Bailey has been living a lie.

Everyone around her is getting married and having babies, but her long-term boyfriend won’t even talk about getting engaged. 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 practise what she’s preached, but the question is: is she brave enough?

*****

The debut adult novel by bestselling author Holly Bourne is a blisteringly funny, honest and moving exploration of love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties.


Everyone is raving about this book!

‘Truly a f***ing good novel’ EVENING STANDARD

‘Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs’ RED

Bourne holds a mirror up to contemporary aspiration, deftly probing the dissonant dualism between the shinier selves projected online and people’s offline reality.’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Identifiable, heart-breaking and wickedly funny. I’d say this is one of my favourite books of the year’ GIOVANNA FLETCHER

‘Funny, sad, honest, insightful, up-to-the-minute. Kept me guessing (and hoping) to the last page’ ROISIN MEANEY

‘Sure to resonate with anyone navigating the emotional minefield of their thirties’RED ONLINE

Smart, witty and perceptive. Razor-sharp on friendship, self-image and self-deception’ LUCY DIAMOND

‘Sublime, perfectly observed’
LAURA JANE WILLIAMS

‘Bourne incinerates the lies we’re all capable of telling ourselves in this raw and very funny book; it’ll resonate with anyone trying to convince themselves that sticking it out is better than being alone.’ EMERALD STREET

‘Funny, real and heartbreaking. I haven’t been this obsessed with a book in years.’ LUCY VINE

‘Injected with such reality it can’t help but be hilarious’ TIMES

‘Well-written, genuinely funny and movingly honest. It could be a life-changing read for many.’ – SHEERLUXE
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 13th June 2018

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781473667723

Reviews

The most perceptive book I have ever read about the female interior
Dolly Alderton, The High Low Podcast
Holly Bourne nails the pressures that young women face and captures that feeling of teetering on the edge of 30 and still not knowing what you want from life. It's funny and sad in equal measures'
The Express, S Magazine
Hilarious and painfully true
Grazia
Sublime, perfectly observed
Laura Jane Williams, <i>Ice Cream for Breakfast</i>
Truly a f***ing good novel
Evening Standard
'This is a deeply feminist novel that questions whether the competitive nature of social media is breeding a lifestyle conformism among women that can only limit their freedom and their happiness. It is also, almost line by line, wincingly funny'
Metro
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.
Sunday Times
Sure to resonate with anyone navigating the emotional minefield of their thirties
Red Online
Bourne incinerates the lies we're all capable of telling ourselves in this raw and very funny book; it'll resonate with anyone trying to convince themselves that sticking it out is better than being alone.
Emerald Street
Well-written, genuinely funny and movingly honest. It could be a life-changing read for many.
Sheerluxe
It is so good! It is so honest about being a woman and all the things that are expected of us ... I enjoyed it very much.
Marian Keyes
Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs
Red
Funny, sad, honest, insightful, up-to-the-minute. Bourne's pacy narrative kept me guessing (and hoping)to the last page.
Roisin Meaney, author of The Reunion
Cheerfully plunders all that can be plundered from a young woman's quest for life in the 'fast line'
Helen Lederer, Metro
Tori is surely the Bridget Jones of our times
Stylist
'A smart, witty and perceptive novel; Bourne is razor-sharp on friendship, self-image and self-deception'
Lucy Diamond, bestselling author of <i>The House of New Beginnings</i>
Perfectly addresses the storm of emotions you go through as a young woman, growing up in a world where you need to have the best boyfriend, best career and best group of friends (and it's all got to be displayed beautifully across your social media profiles.)
BBC News Online
Authentic, funny and utterly relatable; this book gave me all of the feelings. This generation's Bridget Jones!
Carmel Harrington, author of <i>The Woman at 72 Derry Lane </i>
Honest and unflinching
Stylist
Funny, astute, bitingly honest, it's a genuine triumph
Bookseller
It speaks so many truths about being a woman in your thirties; friendships, love and what a fickle beast social media can be.
Clemmie Hooper
'This novel is sharply observant about the issues in young women's lives today - feminism, relationships, mental health and motherhood - and it is very, very funny.
Bookseller
Will strike a chord with anyone who worries about their relationship with social media, feels like they're being left behind by their friends or is wrangling with the pressures of being in, or out, of a partnership in their 30s. Buy it for your best mate whose boyfriend isn't good enough for her, your recently dumped sister or just for yourself if you're feeling a little 'what the hell?' about your fourth decade; you'll all take something from it
Stylist
I haven't been this obsessed with a book in years. It's painfully funny, real, but also heartbreaking. Get this book now or be the loser who can't join in when everyone else is talking about it.
Lucy Vine, bestselling author of <i>Hot Mess</i>
A very funny novel that lives up to its hype
The Sunday Telegraph
Funny, real and incredibly relatable
Culturefly
Identifiable, heart-breaking and wickedly funny. I'd say this is one of my favourite books of the year
Giovanna Fletcher
There's a duality in reading things that are super relatable - it feels great to be heard, but also a little exposing. There's a little bit of that in Holly Bourne's latest novel, but nothing will stop you getting to the end...This novel is funny, touching and searingly honest
Grazia
Brutally honest but charmingly funny
Stylist
Injected with such reality it can't help but be hilarious
Times