Beth O'Leary studied English at university before going into children's publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being in reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work.
She is now writing novels full time, and if she's not at her desk, you'll usually find her curled up somewhere with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).
Beth O'Leary recommends
Love Songs for Sceptics (2019)
"I loved it. It’s an absolute joy . . . I finished the book with a huge smile on my face."
"This beauty of a book just took the crown as my new favourite Marian Keyes novel (and that is a HIGH bar). It's tender, hilarious, important, with characters who feel as real as your own family by the time you're done. I put it down and felt bereft."
The Happy Ever After Playlist (2020)
(Friend Zone , book 2)
"Sweet and achingly romantic - a truly wonderful love story."
In Five Years (2020)
"What a clever, beautiful, special book. The writing is stunning, the concept is so original - it just has everything going for it. I loved every page!"
The Minute I Saw You (2020)
"Gave me that gorgeous glowing happy feeling you get at the end of a truly uplifting read."
Last Tang Standing (2020)
"I absolutely adored it. It is the funniest rom-com I've read in a very long time Andrea stole my heart I cannot wait to get my hands on whatever Lauren Ho writes next."
The Sight of You (2020)
"I've just finished it and I'm in BITS. There are literally tears still dripping from my chin. What an extraordinary book. It's exquisitely written, incredibly moving and impossible to put down. It made me want to go and give everyone I love a very, very big hug. Who could fail to fall in love with Callie and Joel?"
All The Lonely People (2020)
"A heartwarming story about the power of community and human connection. Hubert Bird stole my heart."
The Museum of Forgotten Memories (2020)
"An incredibly moving and atmospheric novel, as beautiful and complex and curious as the museum in which it is set."
Everything Is Beautiful (2021)
"This book took hold of me and wouldn't let me go until I turned the final page."
The Split (2021)
"The Split has everything I love in a novel. It's hilariously funny, it's so uplifting, and its characters are irresistibly loveable."
Just Last Night (2021)
"[Just Last Night] manages to be both genuinely heartbreaking and hilarious...It's a gorgeously romantic novel, as well as a story about friendship and grief and loss; I never wanted it to end."
Dial A For Aunties (2021)
Jesse Q Sutanto
"Whip-smart, original and so funny. I found it impossible to put down and lost count of the number of times I laughed out loud."
The Kindred Spirits Supper Club (2021)
Amy E Reichert
"The Kindred Spirits Supper Club is such a sweet, fun read. It's warm, cozy and full of hometown charmand there's a brilliantly quirky cast of ghosts, too!"
Second First Impressions (2021)
"I inhaled Second First Impressions! I had to force myself to slow down because I didn't want it to end. It's a truly adorable, heart-warming, swoon-worthy love story. A book hasn't given me the warm-fuzzies like this for a very long time."
The Summer Job (2021)
"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."
Malibu Rising (2021)
Taylor Jenkins Reid
"Heart-wrenching and utterly compelling, Malibu Rising is a story about the fierce bonds between four fascinating siblings. The novel immerses us in a glamorous, star-studded world but at its heart it's full of raw human emotion. Its characters felt completely real to me - each one is flawed and messy and impossible not to love."
People We Meet On Vacation (2021)
"People We Meet on Vacation is a gorgeous slow-burn romance, full of sexual tension and tantalizing possibility. I fell head over heels for Alex and Poppy, and loved travelling all over the world with them both."
To Sir, With Love (2021)
"To Sir, with Love is a delightas sweet and bubbly as a glass of champagne. I loved Gracie's fairytale take on the world, her wonderful friends and family, and her highly unusual romantic situation! Such a warm, lovely read."
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