How to Be Somebody Else

How to Be Somebody Else

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 15/02/2024
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Synopsis

An uncoming-of-age in New York City

'Has literary oomph’ SUNDAY TIMES

'An impressive debut novel' OBSERVER

'Intelligent, confident and original' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Spring 2015, New York.

On the surface Dylan has achieved the impossible - a life in New York, eight years of making this stick. And yet it is not the thing she'd imagined (what had she imagined?). When she walks out of her career, then apartment, and into a housesit for an artist she's never met, she does not tell her friends, her parents back in England, or Matt, her boyfriend, living on the West Coast.

Job-free, rent-free, she'll make good on her book, herself, other things too, she's thinking, when her neighbour Kate shows up and invites her to a party. There she meets Gabe, who happens to be married to Kate but insists, 'it's not a thing'. The affair that follows consumes her and she begins to consider what is fixed and what is variable. Can a person be both? Is Gabe the thing he seems? Is she?

As spring turns to summer, her experiments in living test loyalties and boundaries until an unexpected encounter between the two couples forces her to confront her future.

‘Brilliant… Luscious prose’ ANNIE LORD

‘Unsettling and original’ TESSA HADLEY

***A MARIE CLAIRE BEST BOOK OF 2024***

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781787332102
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 398g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 26 mm

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How to Be Somebody Else
razor sharp novel
I really enjoyed this book. more so as I spent fifteen years in advertising. Pountney is on point in her description of marketing etc. The plot moved along... READ MORE
Paula Sterling-stead
How to Be Somebody Else
Razor sharp novel
I really enjoyed this book. more so as I spent fifteen years in advertising. Pountney is on point in her description of marketing etc. The plot moved along... READ MORE
paula sterling-stead
How to Be Somebody Else
An impressive debut novel!
Described as “an uncoming-of-age in New York City”, Miranda Pountney's debut novel is a dazzling, sensuous, whirlwind-like exploration of female existence ... READ MORE
elleestviolette
How to Be Somebody Else
A brilliant debut!
I had an arc copy of this book and was so excited for it to finally come out so that I can give it to everyone I know. Miranda Pountney has a clarity of vo... READ MORE
Oonagh DT
How to Be Somebody Else
Totally brilliant!
I had an arc copy of this book and was so excited for it to finally come out so that I could give a copy to all my friends. Miranda Poutney has a clarity o... READ MORE
Oonagh Devitt Tremblay
How to Be Somebody Else
Wham Bam Wonderful Novel
Pountney gets to the nub of what it is to be somebody/anybody/somebody else. With intense sensitivity and wry humour, she exposes the vulnerabilities, de... READ MORE
lizzie corbett
How to Be Somebody Else
Gorgeous, absorbing read
Finished in a couple of days, mesmerised by the voice of the main character - reminded me of Nora Ephron, Barbara Pym even, in the vivid portrayal of a mom... READ MORE
Fern Miller
How to Be Somebody Else
A brilliant fresh new voice which had me fully absorbed.
As soon as you start reading ‘How to be Somebody Else’ you sense immediately you’ve stumbled upon a fresh and unique new voice. So astute in her observatio... READ MORE
Daina Mccauley
How to Be Somebody Else
Astonishingly good
This is beautifully crafted and sharply observed. I found myself turning back to previous pages to re-read sections where a thought or moment was just perf... READ MORE
Sarah H
How to Be Somebody Else
Sharply observed and compelling
I couldn't put this down. The observational detail is astonishing, with beautiful, sharp turns of phrase and an amazing eye for characters, place and rela... READ MORE
Gerald Breatnach
How to Be Somebody Else
Sharp and compelling
I couldn't put this down. The observational detail is astonishing, with beautiful, sharp turns of phrase and an amazing eye for characters, place and relat... READ MORE
Gerald Breatnach
How to Be Somebody Else
An Extraordinary Novel
Miranda Pountney’s How to Be Somebody Else is a MAGNIFICENT novel. To think of it only as a successful debut would be to underestimate it. By any standards... READ MORE
Benedict  Morrison
How to Be Somebody Else
A Stunning Novel
Miranda Pountney’s How to Be Somebody Else is a MAGNIFICENT novel. To think of it only as a successful debut would be to underestimate it. By any standards... READ MORE
Benedict Morrison
How to Be Somebody Else
How we all construct ourselves... and get it wrong!
At the start of this novel, Dylan – the female protagonist – gives up her successful job at an advertising agency in New York, promptly lets out her flat a... READ MORE
Jim Sweetman
How to Be Somebody Else
Wonderful book
I couldn’t stop reading this book. Hard hitting but has such wit and flair as well as heart. And New York felt so alive on the page. Loved it. Can’t believ... READ MORE
Hannah Mitton
How to Be Somebody Else
Clever, sharp and brilliantly written
38 year old Dylan quits her job, rents out her New York apartment and sidelines her predictable relationship to try and find a different, more fulfilling w... READ MORE
Sarah C
How to Be Somebody Else
Mature, intelligent writing.
I read this book straight through over two days. As soon as the relationships between the main characters ensues, sharp insights and unpredictable, non-mel... READ MORE
Edgar Laguinia
How to Be Somebody Else
Witty, troubling, unforgettable
For me, the mark of a good literary novel is that you're still thinking about its ideas or vibes a couple of weeks on. That's the case for Miranda Pountney... READ MORE
Tom Carlisle