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The Flatshare

by Beth O'Leary

Debuts Feel-Good Fiction Humour (fiction) Relationship Stories Sagas and Romance

LoveReading View on The Flatshare

A refreshingly different, sparkling romantic comedy with real depth and heart. Tiffy and Leon agree to share his flat, which has just the one bedroom. They’ve never met or want to meet, he works nights and stays away at the weekend and she works days, what could go wrong? I absolutely adore this premise, it feels as though it shouldn’t work, but oh, it so does! I settled in straight away, with chapters either headed by Tiffy or Leon. They are both wonderful characters, and I felt as though I really got to know them, the more I read, the closer friends we became. The surrounding cast are fabulous and add real flavour. There are some darker and disquieting aspects to explore, which are handled with sensitivity and empathy by Beth O’Leary, while the humour dances feather-light across the page. The Flatshare is an original romantic comedy debut that made my heart smile.

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The Flatshare Synopsis

Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020 Shortlist

Tiffy and Leon share a flat

Tiffy and Leon share a bed

Tiffy and Leon have never met...

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they're crazy, but it's the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy's at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven't met yet, they're about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window... 

The Flatshare Press Reviews

Perfect holiday reading - Irish Examiner

A boy-shouldn't-meet-girl screwball comedy with an ingenious premise - Sunday Times Culture

Beth O'Leary's first novel is feel-good fiction at its best - Independent

Leaves you feeling utterly joyful. A unique premise and a fantastic debut - Woman's Own

A charming and hugely promising debut - Irish Independent

Heartwarming - Bella

This book covers some heavy subjects, yet it leaves you feeling joyful. A fantastic debut! - Women's Weekly

An unashamed romantic comedy, this is a delight, with two main characters you can't help rooting for - Heat

Heartwarming and brilliant - Closer

Cheer up your commute - Grazia

A heart-warming read - i newspaper

I couldn't get enough of Tiffy and Leon in this funny and uplifting tale - Sun

Funny and uplifting... a heart-warming story of friendship and love. The smart, original writing makes for a compelling, emotionally intelligent and thoughtful book about love. It's fiction to make you feel good - endlessly enjoyable and brilliant fun - Daily Express

There's no denying the sparky charm of this rather quirky love story - Sunday Mirror

An inspired premise... Much Up Lit, often characterised by infantilising whimsy and pat resolutions, raises this reviewer's hackles. The zesty Flatshare, however, proves a tonic - Sunday Times

The last book to completely emotionally absorb me in this way was Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, and I think fans of that will adore this. . . addictively readable - Daisy Buchanan, Brides Magazine

Uproariously funny with characters you fall for from the first page - Woman & Home

This wee smasher is up-lit/romcom at its best - Sunday Post

The Flatshare is original, charming, warm and properly funny. I loved it - Keris Stainton

A sweet, funny, beautifully written romance -- Maddie Dawson

A gorgeously written, highly original love story -- Phoebe Morgan

An utterly magical read! - Lauren North

Breaks your heart AND puts it back together -- Catherine Ryan Howard

This will be THE heart-warming summer read of 2019 -- Laura Jane Williams

A fresh, funny, quirky feelgood read with real heart - Mike Gayle

Incredibly uplifting and joyous. I spent the last few hours with a massive smile on my face. I have fallen head over heels in love with Tiffy and Leon, and indeed with this book -- Louise O'Neill

A beautiful, hope-filled, joyful triumph of a book -- Cressida McLaughlin

In the league of Bridget Jones and Marian Keyes' Walsh sister books... Fresh, funny and feel-good... the perfect antidote to any bad day -- Claire Allan

Charming - Sun

Touching, funny and skilful, a delightful read - Katie Fforde

Whip-smart and joyful, an original, delightful and thoroughly engaging love story -- Rowan Coleman

A quirky, feelgood read, bursting with character and warmth - Prima

Funny, emotional and uplifting ... you'll devour this well-written debut - Sun

One of the most talked about books of 2019... Fans of Jojo Moyes's Me Before You will love this UpLit romcom - Red Magazine

I loved the way various strands of Tiffy and Leon's lives were crocheted together ... A warm, colourful, unique story and a thoroughly enjoyable read - Sarah Haywood

Set to become the romcom of the year with its loveable characters, comic situations and deeply satisfying love story - a Sleepless In Seattle for the 21st century - Sunday Express

The Flatshare is a huge, heartwarming triumph - Josie Silver, author of One Day in December

It's funny and charming but there are moments of real poignancy, too. Guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face - Good Housekeeping

Utterly charming... a Richard Curtis rom-com that also has its feet firmly planted in real life... above all else, it's funny and winning - Stylist

Deliciously funny and truly uplifting, this is a heartwarming story of friendship, love and starting over -- Lucy Diamond

The new Jojo Moyes ... This has all the ingredients of Me Before You - Cosmopolitan

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ISBN: 9781787474413
Publication date: 20/02/2020
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781787474413
Publication date: 20th February 2020
Author: Beth O'Leary
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Debuts, Feel-Good Fiction, Humour, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Beth O'Leary

Beth 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).

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