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The Couple

(2021)
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The author of The Radio 2 Book Club Pick The Shelf returns with her brand new novel.

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) around her, she's never lonely. She has her dream job at a big tech firm and is on track to become the company's youngest ever Innovation Director. 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. Sure, everybody has that one coupled-up friend who messes up the numbers at dinner parties, but it's a bit eccentric. You know, like having a pet snake or living off the grid. Why rely on another person for your own happiness? Why risk the humiliation of unrequited love or the agony of a break-up when you can do everything yourself? No, Millie is perfectly happy with her conventional single life.

So when Millie lands a new project at work, launching a pill that stops 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 with him. Is this the spark that science and society are trying to suppress?

Will Millie sacrifice everything she believes in for love?

***Look out for Helly Acton's debut novel, The Shelf. Search 9781838770891***

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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Paperback Editions

August 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 AU   


Audio Editions

May 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Couple
Author(s): Helly Acton
Publisher: Zaffre
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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
Availability: Amazon UK   


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