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Losing it by Emma Rathbone

Losing it

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October 2016 Debut of the Month.

An edgy, refreshing, and quirky read, one that slides into, then excites and challenges your consciousness. There’s something about 26 year old Julia Greenfield, something that consumes her, makes her view the world in a different way, can she take control of and start to live her life to the full? Julia tells her tale with frank provocative honesty, her observations are astute, yet there is an almost dreamlike quality at times. Emma Rathbone has created a fascinating character in Julia, I changed my mind about her as I got to know her, I winced, I gasped, I smiled, and by the end I had grown to love her. With beautiful descriptive detailing, subtle compassion, and piercing intensity, ’Losing It’ is a stimulating and rather wonderful read. ~ Liz Robinson

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  • Edel Waugh - 'The story was enlightening with colourful flawed characters showing us the perceptions we sometimes have of other people and the expectations we put on ourselves that society encourages.'         
  • Jillian - 'A light read following the quest of 26 year old Julia to lose her virginity.'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'Many may enjoy it but definitely not for me.'
  • Jane Pepler - 'I think that this book would appeal to any young person wanting to have a quick read. I found it quite enjoyable, funny at times and with some great characters and description.'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'For me the book didn't grab my attention.'
  • Nicola Edwards - 'A coming of age story, which is funny in places, but doesn’t quite live up to expectations.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'This is a humorous yet touching coming of age fiction. ..Losing It has a little more grit than the average coming of age story line.  A well executed and non-demanding read.'
  • Susan Wallace - 'This is a very silly book, and I wouldn't recommend it.'


Losing it by Emma Rathbone

'Julia Greenfield is entirely imperfect and completely sympathetic, and Losing It is a bright gem of a novel.' -Lauren Fox, author of Days of Awe and Friends Like Us Twenty-six year old Julia Greenfield has long suspected that everyone is having fun without her. It's not that she's unhappy, per se. It's just that she's not exactly happy either. She hasn't done anything spontaneous since about 2003. Shouldn't she be running a start up? Going backpacking? Exploring uncharted erogenous zones with inappropriate men? Trapped between news of her mother's latent sexual awakening and her spinster aunt's odd behaviour, Julia has finally snapped. It's time to take some risks, and get a life. After all - what has she got to lose?


'A charming, truthful story about a lovably imperfect young woman...a witty and insightful novel about the mysteries of human connection.' -Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements and Astonish Me

'Every single page of Emma Rathbone's Losing It contains a line so funny, so awkward, so perfect, that you do not want this momentous summer to end. Rathbone's writing feels effortless, but it detonates in such wonderful ways. An amazing book.' - Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang

'Emma Rathbone has the wisdom to understand that we are all the protagonists of our own stories, and the sense of humour to recognise the absurdity of that fact...Her Julia Greenfield is entirely imperfect and completely sympathetic, and Losing It is a bright gem of a novel.' - Lauren Fox, author of Days of Awe and Friends Like Us

'A candid yet funny take on just what desire and love mean.' - The Millions, The Most Anticipated Books of 2016

'Rathbone reliably wrings the humour out of this situation, but more impressively, she manages to evoke its poignancy... Amusing but also smart about people and unexpectedly sweet.' - Kirkus

'A voice that is at once heartbreaking and hilarious, and startlingly true.' -Lydia Peelle

About the Author

Emma Rathbone

Emma Rathbone is the author of the novel The Patterns of Paper Monsters. She is the recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Grant in Fiction, and her work can also be seen in the Virginia Quarterly Review and on A graduate of the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program, Rathbone lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

author photo © Renee Reighart

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Publication date

6th October 2016


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Mira an imprint of Harlequin (UK)


272 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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