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Olive (Hardback)

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The debut novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author, Emma Gannon.

'Thoughtful, searching, funny, and (most importantly) honest' Elizabeth Gilbert

'Brilliantly observed' Sophie Kinsella

'It'll give a voice to countless women' Marian Keyes

'Utterly distinctive' Emma Jane Unsworth





OLIVE is many things.





Independent.

Adrift.

Anxious.

Loyal.

Kind.

She knows her own mind.





And it's ok that she's still figuring it all out, navigating her world without a compass. But life comes with expectations, there are choices to be made and - sometimes - stereotypes to fulfil. So when her best friends' lives branch away towards marriage and motherhood, leaving the path they've always followed together, she starts to question her choices - because life according to Olive looks a little bit different.







Moving, memorable and a mirror for anyone at a crossroads, OLIVE has a little bit of all of us. Told with great warmth and nostalgia, this is a modern tale about the obstacle course of adulthood, milestone decisions and the 'taboo' about choosing not to have children.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomanceAdult & contemporary romance Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 23/07/2020 ISBN-13: 9780008382728  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Emma Gannon is an award-winning writer, speaker, Sunday Times columnist and podcaster. Her writing has been published everywhere from the Guardian to Glamour. She is the bestselling author of memoir Ctrl Alt Delete and The Multi-Hyphen Method, which became a Sunday Times bestseller. She is also the host of hit podcast series 'Ctrl Alt Delete', the No.1 careers podcast in the UK, which has reached over 5 million downloads, featuring guests such as Ellen Page, Lena Dunham and Elizabeth Gilbert, plus it was the first podcast episode to be recorded inside Buckingham Palace. Emma is currently working with the Princes Trust and Media Trust charities which helps young people develop their voices in the media. She's recently been involved with other charities including Women For Women International and Plan International's 'Girls Get Equal'. Emma lives in East London with her fiance. Olive is her debut novel.

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Customer Reviews

This is a really refreshing take on life for a woman in her thirties. Olive was in a long term relationship and whilst they both loved each other and wanted to be together her adamance that she did not want children when he very much did was a deal breaker. Olive is really struggling due to the separation and really needed the support of her friends but she felt she couldn’t tell them unless in person and her keeping this to herself for so long is I think part of why she feels especially prickly about her decision to be child free. Sadly though because of this I found Olive hard to like as she came across as quite selfish, not because she didn’t want kids but her inability to empathise with the problems each of her friends were having, don’t get me wrong when you have your own issues it’s not always easy dealing with others problems though. I liked the many different aspects of motherhood and fertility struggles, it really does cover a plethora of perspectives. I found some aspects of this odd for example going to see a fertility expert to discuss the fact you don’t want kids(?!) but overall Olive is an inspirational character.

- 23/07/2020
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