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Writers & Lovers

(2020)
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Funny and heartbreaking, Writers & Lovers by Lily King is the bitingly clever story of Casey, a young writer who has lost her direction in life, until two men step into her world and offer her two very different futures.

The
New York Times Bestseller
‘Captivating, potent, incisive, and wise’ – Madeline Miller, author of Circe
‘Extremely funny’ – Sunday Times

Recently out of a devastating love affair and mourning the loss of her beloved mum, Casey is lost. The novel she has been writing for six years isn’t going anywhere, her debt is soaring, and at thirty-one, with all her friends getting married and having kids, she feels too old for things to be this way.

Then she meets Silas. He is kind, handsome, interested. But only a few weeks later, Oscar – older, fascinating, troubled – walks into her life, his two boys in tow. Suddenly Casey finds herself at the point of a love triangle, torn between two very different relationships that promise two very different futures. And she’s still got to write that book . . .

‘Suffused with hopefulness and kindness’ – Ann Patchett
‘Exquisite’ – Sunday Telegraph
‘Funny and immensely clever’ – Tessa Hadley
‘Beautiful . . . Reading the book feels like waiting for clouds to break – a kind of gorgeous agony’ –
Guardian
‘I loved this book’ – Curtis Sittenfeld




Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"My favourite of Lily King’s books so far. Exuberant and affirming, it’s funny and immensely clever, emotionally rare and strong. I feel bereft now I've finished." - Tessa Hadley

"Writers & Lovers stole my heart from its first pages. I am in love with this book. In. Love. This deep dive of a novel will stay with me forever." - Elin Hilderbrand

"Writers & Lovers is a portrait of the artist as a young woman. Lily King writes masterfully about desire and loss, creativity and inspiration, and how each overlaps and influences the other. I found myself reading slowly, underlining phrases, wanting to linger in the world of this novel. Her insights about love ? how it is elusive and ineffable ? and about grief ? how it is something that you live inside ? took my breath away." - Christina Baker Kline

"Lily King is one of our great literary treasures and Writers & Lovers is suffused with her brilliance. It is captivating, potent, incisive, and wise, a moving story of grief, and recovering from grief, and of a young woman finding her courage for life." - Madeline Miller

"If you loved The Friend but wish it had had more sex and waitressing, get ready for Lily King’s Writers and Lovers. Delicious." - Emma Straub

"Gorgeous!" - Elizabeth Strout


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