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The Couple

(2021)
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The author of The Radio 2 Book Club Pick The Shelf returns with a new hilarious, thought-provoking and funny novel.

'Genius, funny and thought-provoking. 5 stars' Carrie Hope Fletcher

'Helly's writing is filled with such humour and warmth, it makes me laugh and think whilst seamlessly tackling complex ideas about modern society. What a triumph!' Abigail Mann

'So clever, so thought-provoking, I loved it' Sophie Cousens

'A fresh, funny, razor-sharp take on society's views of relationships. It's feminist, it's provocative and a total joy to read' Hannah Tovey

'Funny and clever. I loved every single line' Lucy Vine

Millie is a perfectionist. She's happy, she's successful and, with a great support network of friends and family (and a very grumpy cat), she's never lonely. She loves working at a big tech firm and is on track be promoted to her dream role. The last thing she needs is romance messing up her perfectly organised world.

Besides, normal people just don't have romantic relationships. Everyone knows that being in a couple is a bit . . . well, odd. You know, like having a pet snake or referring to yourself in the third person. Why rely on another person for your own happiness? Why risk the humiliation of unrequited love or the agony of a break-up? No, Millie is more than happy with her conventional single life.

So, when Millie lands a new project at work, launching a pill that prevents you falling in love, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. That is, until she starts working with Ben. He's charming and funny, and Millie feels an instant connection to him.

Will Millie sacrifice everything she believes in for love?

Look out for Helly's debut novel The Shelf.

Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"So clever, so thought-provoking, I loved it." - Sophie Cousens

"The Couple is the book I will say, from here on out, I wish I'd written. The concept is genius and the writing is funny and thought-provoking. I don't usually give books ratings but when it's a 5 star, it's a 5 star." - Carrie Hope Fletcher

"Warm, witty and thought-provoking." - Abbie Greaves

"A love song to female friendships, making your own choices and not caring what everyone thinks. The Couple turns everything we know about relationships on its head and delivers a sparkly, witty and warm story, packed full of heart." - Lynsey James

"A completely genius concept that shines a light on the often archaic ways that society views relationships, or lack thereof. I adore Helly's characters and the way she always manages to write funny and soulful feminist fiction, that has the ability to make us all stop and think. This book is not one to miss!" - Sara-Ella Ozbek

"I inhaled the book in less than twenty-four hours. Helly has absolutely smashed it once again. The Couple is funny, smart and thought-provoking, and so clever in the way it turns so many of our assumptions about love and relationships on their head." - Freya Sampson

"Helly's got that brilliant knack of hooking you in from the moment you open the book, with utterly relatable characters and dialogue that sizzles. It's feminist, it's provocative and it was a total joy to read." - Hannah Tovey

"Only Helly Acton could turn the world on its head and still write the most relatable novel in human history. The Couple is so good, I don't have words to define the goodness. It's funny and clever and the concept is one I'm angry I didn't think of. I raced through it in a day, loving every line and every page. I can't recommend it highly enough." - Lucy Vine


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Hardback Editions

May 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Couple: 'Genius, funny and thought-provoking. 5 stars' Carrie Hope Fletcher
Author(s): Helly Acton
ISBN: 1-83877-384-3 / 978-1-83877-384-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zaffre
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Paperback Editions

February 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Couple: 'Genius, funny and thought-provoking. 5 stars' Carrie Hope Fletcher
Author(s): Helly Acton
ISBN: 1-83877-386-X / 978-1-83877-386-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zaffre
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May 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Couple
Author(s): Helly Acton
ISBN: 1-83877-385-1 / 978-1-83877-385-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zaffre
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

May 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Couple
Author(s): Helly Acton
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May 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Couple
Author(s): Helly Acton
Publisher: Zaffre
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May 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Couple
Author(s): Helly Acton
Publisher: Zaffre
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Kindle Editions

May 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Couple: 'Genius, funny and thought-provoking. 5 stars' Carrie Hope Fletcher
Author(s): Helly Acton
Publisher: Zaffre
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU