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When You Read This

When You Read This

‘Deeply moving but also uplifting’ Anne Youngson, author of Meet Me at the Museum

For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands. But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at only thirty-three.

Adrift without his friend and colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life not quite fulfilled. She also made one final request: for Smith to get her posts published as a book. With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris’s last wish.

Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris’s big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who’s been knocked sideways by her loss. Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other.

Funny and moving in equal measures, When You Read This is a sparkling debut about love, life, and all the emails you really wish you’d never sent.

Praise for When You Read This:

‘Thought-provoking, tear-jerking, funny – and [with] a delectable literary twist’ Refinery29

‘A touching, funny and life-affirming tale’ Publishers Weekly

‘As with Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette, Adkins’s debut novel is so much more than its clever style . . . [it] feels miraculous and leaves a lasting impression long after its final moment’ Val Emmich, author of The Reminders

‘This gentle tragicomedy . . . deals sensitively with loss’ Daily Mail

What reviewers have said about When You Read This:

‘A marvellous, funny, poignant and uplifting book . . . I hope you enjoy it as much as I did’

‘I could not put it down . . . a very original and emotional read’

‘What a delight this book is! . . . touched my heart and made me laugh’

‘I read it in a single sitting, enjoying every minute of it’

‘This book is a treasure. Every character is so full and unforgettable. Sad and funny and hopeful’
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 7th February 2019

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781473673328


This gentle tragicomedy unfolds in a series of text messages, blog posts and emails . . . while dealing sensitively with loss
Daily Mail
When You Read This checks all the essential boxes of Up Lit - thought-provoking, tear-jerking, funny- and adds a delectable epistolary twist.
A touching, funny, and life-affirming tale
Publishers Weekly
As with Maria Semple's mixed-media masterwork Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Adkins's debut novel is so much more than its clever style. I read it briskly with a permanent smile on my face, even when the tears were falling . . . miraculous and leaves a lasting impression long after its final moment
Val Emmich, author of The Reminders and Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel
A remarkable new take on the epistolary novel, When You Read This manages to thread the finest of needles: a book about a young woman who died of cancer that is neither maudlin nor sentimental, but rather clear-eyed, poignant, and just as often hilarious as it is sombre . . . memorable
Doree Shafrir, author of Startup: A Novel
Warm, original, funny and heartbreaking, this novel made me drop everything so I could read it in one lovely afternoon . . . inventive and witty, but more importantly it's honest and wise. I adored it.
Jennifer Close, author of Girls in White Dresses and The Hopefuls
Surpassed my expectations with flying colours. From the subject matter you might expect that reading the book would amount to taking your pleasures rather too sadly, but I was delighted by the humour in the plot. It's gentle, subtle humour which makes you smile . . . I loved the book and I know that it's one I'll return to before too long, to pick up on all the gems which I'm sure I've missed
The Book Bag
This inventive and hilarious novel has it all: Mid-life crisis sufferers denying their regrets, a lawless intern with alarming email etiquette, poetic online therapists and a moving message about the resiliency of the human heart. Read this book - I loved it!
Courtney Maum, author of Touch and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You
Deeply moving but also uplifting, Mary Adkins' debut novel is easy to read but hard to forget
Anne Youngson, author of Meet Me at the Museum
I loved every word...I couldn't put down!
Meg Cabot