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This Love

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9780349703152

Price: £22

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One Day for a new generation’ Grazia

We’re calling it . . . This Love is the new One DaySunday Times Style

A beautifully written, generous-hearted, clever, tender, fresh and unputdownable novel about queerness, family and forgiveness. I loved This Love.‘ Elizabeth Day

Named a BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH by The Sunday Times Style, Apple Books, Prima, Cosmopolitan, i NEWS, Stylist

When Mae and Ari meet their final year at the University of Leeds, their connection is magnetic. Mae, whilst stubborn and no stranger to breaking hearts, needs Ari’s bright light to guide her out of her self-centred ways; Ari, vibrant, charming and reeling in the aftermath of a scandal in New York, clings to Mae as his grounding anchor.

As the years sweep by, the two traverse the tumult of life: toxic partners and hidden secrets, the heavy weight of grief, and a complicated, unignorable desire to start a family . . . If they can hold onto one another in the face of the relentless past and the inevitable future, they might discover how to build something beautiful out of their expansive, boundary-breaking love.

Spanning ten years of extraordinary friendship, This Love is a vivid and epic tale of finding your soulmates, building an unconventional family, and the limitless, ever-changing forms love can take.

Astute, tender and utterly joy-filled. This is the love story we’ve been waiting for’ Elle

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Reviews

A beautifully written, generous-hearted, clever, tender, fresh and unputdownable novel about queerness, family and forgiveness. I loved This Love.
Elizabeth Day
An intensely readable novel about all the love that doesn't fit inside society's neat boundaries
Laura Bates
Incredible . . . a beautiful book full of emotion that will stay with me for a long time.
Nina Pottell, Books Editor at Prima
This Love is everything you want from a novel, it's funny, sexy, and moving. It's a book full of queer joy that lets us imagine all the hopeful possibilities in the word 'family'.
Claire Lynch, author of small: on motherhoods
Astute, tender and utterly joy-filled. This is the love story we've been waiting for.
Elle
One Day for a new generation.
Grazia
The best parts of Sally Rooney and Gabrielle Zevin merge for this exquisitely paced, modern yet timeless story of love and friendship . . . Pitch perfect, I adored this completely absorbing and compulsive gem.
John Marrs, author of The Good Samaritan
I had a whirlwind romance with this book. Rarely have I seen myself so clearly in literature. Safe to say I loved it.
Suzi Ruffell
Bursting with queer joy and tenderness, This Love is original, compelling and totally gorgeous. An immensely enjoyable ode to the extraordinary power of friendship and forging your own kind of family. I adored it.
Roxy Bourdillon, DIVA magazine
I wouldn't be at all surprised if This Love was my book of 2024. The world-building and storytelling is exquisite, the characters so real, the plot perfect. I'm madly jealous of everyone who hasn't read it yet.
Laura Pearson
This is a book I will return to again and again. I finished it in the early hours of the morning and was bereft. It's about relationships, our concept of family, what soulmate means . . . I could go on! It's beautiful.
Jennie Godfrey
We're calling it . . . This Love is the new One Day
The Sunday Times Style
It charts its twists and turns with appealingly breezy, emotionally attuned prose
Daily Mail
Moving, engrossing and queer as hell, Lotte Jeff's debut novel is a gorgeous love letter to the extraordinary power of queer friendship and forging your own kind of family
DIVA
I was bereft when I turned the last page, as I didn't want to leave Mae and Ari behind . . . Beautiful and full of emotion, it will stay with me for a long time.
Nina Pottell, "Books of the Month", Prima
Anchored by complicated real-world challenges, this novel explores the weight of secrets, toxic partnerings, grief and desire all whilst celebrating the greatest love in so many lives, friendship.
Evening Standard
A moving portrayal of platonic love and chosen family. It's a reminder that a soulmate doesn't need to be a romantic connection, and that love takes many equally crucial forms.
Women's Weekly
Touching, surprising and gloriously enjoyable debut, which charts the challenges and joys of unconventional families, of fluidity and friendship, and of love in every possible incarnation.
Marie-Claire Chappet, Harper's Bazaar