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The Summer Job

(2021)
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Beach Read meets Sweetbitter in this laugh-out-loud and ultimately heartwarming debut of a good friend's very bad decision and the summer job that stands to ruin or make her life.

What if you could be someone else? Just for the summer...

Birdy has made a mistake. Everyone imagines running away from their life at some point. But Birdy has actually done it. And the life she's run into is her best friend Heather's. The only problem is, she hasn't told Heather.

The summer job at the highland Scottish hotel that her world class wine-expert friend ditched turns out to be a lot more than Birdy bargained for. Can she survive a summer pretending to be her best friend? And can Birdy stop herself from falling for the first man she's ever actually liked, but who thinks she's someone else?

One good friend's very bad decision is at the heart of this laugh-out-loud love story and unexpected tale of a woman finally finding herself in the strangest of places.

Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"A perfect blend of hilarious and poignant! I fell for Birdy on the very first page and inhaled the rest of her story as fast as I’d inhale a cold rose at 5 p.m. on a hot day. A brilliantly original plot paired with fabulously funny writing - a pure joy to read!" - Helly Acton

"This book is fun with a capital F. It made me want to go to Scotland, drink wine and kiss hot chefs, IMMEDIATELY. Dent has such a fresh voice, and so many of us will identify with Birdy Finch. If you've ever felt you're getting left behind in life, or don't have everything worked out quite yet, this is the book for you." - Sophie Cousens

"With a gorgeously picturesque setting, an utterly charming cast, and a hilarious protagonist, Lizzy Dent’s The Summer Job is my perfect summer read! Sure to be one of the sweetest, funniest, and sexiest books of the year. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to read it again. Do not miss this one!" - Emily Henry

"Engaging, heart-warming and so much fun. I bloody loved it." - Marian Keyes

"Gossipy, warm and funny. Like Goldie Hawn’s Private Benjamin, but with wine!" - Beth Morrey

"The Summer Job is a great read--fresh, funny and filled with delicious food and wine. It made me long for a summer in Scotland with Birdy and all the team at Loch Dorn." - Beth O'Leary

"I really looked forward to getting into bed each night to dip back into The Summer Job, what a welcome escape from lock-down. It’s witty and funny and it packs an emotional punch, too, which is really tricky to pull off. I was willing Birdy/Heather on, knowing all along that her ticking-bomb secret was going to have to blow at some point. Which of course it did, in a spectacularly satisfying way! Loved it, I'm in the queue for more Lizzy Dent." - Josie Silver

"The Summer Job is an enthralling escapist story that so many can relate to. We all have secrets, we all want to escape our messy lives at times, and we all wish we could be someone else at one point or another. Dent weaves an engaging tale about the lovably flawed Birdy. She perfectly balances emotion with wit, humor, and joy." - Sarah Smith

"The Summer Job is the literary equivalent of going out on an amazing night out with your best friends--it had me snorting with laughter, cringing when characters make comically bad decisions, and cheering for them to find their way. I'll be recommending it to everyone!" - Katherine Webber

"A charming and funny read about how our worst mistake can be the very thing that helps us become a better person." - Julia Whelan


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April 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Summer Job: The most feel-good romcom of 2021 soon to be a TV series
Author(s): Lizzy Dent
ISBN: 0-241-47090-0 / 978-0-241-47090-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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May 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Summer Job
Author(s): Lizzy Dent
ISBN: 0-593-32811-6 / 978-0-593-32811-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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April 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Summer Job: The hottest new debut of 2021
Author(s): Lizzy Dent
ISBN: 0-241-99051-3 / 978-0-241-99051-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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May 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Summer Job
Author(s): Lizzy Dent
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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May 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Summer Job
Author(s): Lizzy Dent
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Summer Job
Author(s): Lizzy Dent
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


April 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Summer Job
Author(s): Lizzy Dent
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Summer Job
Author(s): Lizzy Dent
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


April 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Summer Job: The most feel-good romcom of 2021 soon to be a TV series
Author(s): Lizzy Dent
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU