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Looking For Eliza

(2020)
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'It has absolutely stolen my heart' - Elizabeth Gilbert

'Clever, warm and funny' - Adam Kay


'Beautifully rendered, thoughtful and original' - Pandora Sykes


'A marvellous read' - Ruth Hogan

Ada is a widowed writer, navigating loneliness in Oxford after the death of her husband. She has no children. No grandchildren. She fears she is becoming peripheral, another invisible woman.

Eliza is a student at the university. She finds it difficult to form meaningful relationships after the estrangement of her mother and breakup with her girlfriend.

After meeting through Ada's new venture, 'Rent-a-Gran', and bonding over Lapsang Souchong tea and Primo Levi, they begin to find what they're looking for in each other. But can they cast off their isolation for good?

An exquisite story of connection and loss, and how a person can change another person's life. Full of heartache yet joyful and life-affirming, this is for fans of Normal People, Expectation and Sarah Winman's Tin Man.

'Leaf's writing is warm and lyrically funny - she has an eye for details both sublime and ridiculous.Looking for Eliza is an intelligent and big-hearted read with the human condition at its core.' - Harriet Walker, The Times

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"I've never read a love story quite like Looking for Eliza, and it has absolutely stolen my heart. This tale of two intelligent, charming, eccentric, and lonely women who reach across a generational gap in order to create a beautiful friendship with each other filled me with joy, delight, and pathos. How beautifully Leaf Arbuthnot has shown us that the one we've been looking for our whole lives might be living right across the street, quietly working in her garden. I loved this book." - Elizabeth Gilbert

"A wonderful story about the redemptive power of an unexpected friendship. Leaf's characters are fresh, engaging and beautifully drawn. A marvellous read." - Ruth Hogan


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Hardback Editions

May 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Looking For Eliza
Author(s): Leaf Arbuthnot
ISBN: 1-4091-8579-6 / 978-1-4091-8579-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Trapeze
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

May 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Looking For Eliza
Author(s): Leaf Arbuthnot
ISBN: 1-4091-8580-X / 978-1-4091-8580-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Trapeze
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

May 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Looking for Eliza
Author(s): Leaf Arbuthnot
Publisher: Trapeze
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May 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Looking for Eliza
Author(s): Leaf Arbuthnot
Publisher: Trapeze
Availability: Amazon AU   


May 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Looking for Eliza
Author(s): Leaf Arbuthnot
Publisher: Trapeze
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Looking For Eliza
Author(s): Leaf Arbuthnot
Publisher: Trapeze
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May 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Looking For Eliza
Author(s): Leaf Arbuthnot
Publisher: Trapeze
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU