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The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me by Jimmy Rice, Laura Tait

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Best friends since their mothers met at the school gate grow up relying on each other but always missing that opportunity to get together. You can see they are meant for each other right from the start but they keep coming up against misunderstandings. They pass through university into careers and still go on missing each other. It’s great following them and holding your breath only to find yet again life does not work out for them … Told in both voices, it’s a lovely tale.

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The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me by Jimmy Rice, Laura Tait

Everyone remembers their first love. Holly certainly remembers Alex. But she decided ten years ago that love wasn't about mix tapes and seizing the moment - though she's not exactly sure it's about secret dates with your boss, either. But what if the feelings never really went away? Alex wants to make every moment of his new job count. It's a fresh start in a big city, and he's almost certain that moving to London has nothing to do with Holly. Almost. How do you know if it was meant to be ...or never meant to happen at all? A brilliantly funny, feel-good story of first love, second chances and everything inbetween, perfect for fans of romantic comedies like Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones. Praise for Jimmy and Laura: Brilliantly written and laugh-out-loud funny! (Paige Toon). What a gorgeously funny book! I loved Alex and Holly, and you will too . (Lucy Diamond). A Richard Curtis rom-com of a novel . (Glamour). The Best Rom-Com that's Happened to Me this year! Double the authors, double the fun! . (Ali McNamara). So awesome! Completely funny and fresh . (Kirsty Greenwood).

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Brilliantly written and laugh-out-loud funny! - Paige Toon

What a gorgeously funny book! I loved Alex and Holly, and you will too - Lucy Diamond

About the Author

Laura and Jimmy became mates while studying journalism at Sheffield University, so sitting in pubs talking about life and love is something they've been doing for the last ten years. Now they're writing books together they just take their laptops and write it all down, but little else has changed. Jimmy still tells Laura off for always being late, and Laura can still drink Jimmy under the table. Their friendship survives because Laura makes tea exactly how Jimmy likes it (he once took a picture of his perfect brew on Laura's phone so she can colour match it for strength) and because Jimmy noted Laura's weakness for custard creams and stocks up accordingly. Laura Tait is a writer for Shortlist and Stylist magazines and Jimmy Rice is a freelance journalist. Both live in London. Follow them on Twitter at @LauraAndJimmy.

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Publication date

3rd July 2014


Jimmy Rice, Laura Tait

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Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


368 pages


Literary Fiction
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