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Beth O’Leary is a Sunday Times bestselling author whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages. Her debut, THE FLATSHARE, sold over half a million copies and changed her life completely. Her second novel, THE SWITCH, has been optioned for film by Amblin Partners, Steven Spielberg’s production company.
Beth writes her books in the Hampshire countryside with a very badly behaved golden retriever for company. 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).
Standalone Books from Beth O’Leary
The Flatshare (2019) by Beth O’Leary
Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…
Finally managed to read The Flatshare which had been sitting on my reading list for the longest time. It was one of those books I’d heard good things about but didn’t want to read in case it didn’t live up to expectations… Spoiler – it’s an amazing read!
Tiffy needs to move out of her ex-boyfriends flat, especially as he has started dating Patricia. Needing to pay him back for rent arrears, her housing situation is limited. A flat with mushrooms growing in the bathroom or a flatshare in a one-bedroom flat. The snag to the second choice is that it is quite literally sharing a bed, although not at the same time.
Opting for the flatshare she is yet to meet Leon her flatmate as she has been dealing with his girlfriend. As they never see each other, with Leon working nights and away at the weekends. Tiffy starts a note correspondence with him. A friendship forms through the notes, from leftovers for dinner, to Tiffy’s baking when she’s stressed.
Sounds like the perfect arrangement, although they are both carrying baggage from a brother in jail and an ex-boyfriend. A touching story of friendship, understanding and coming to terms with gaslighting and dealing with the past.
Available to buy from Amazon in Hardback, Paperback, Kindle Store and Audiobook
The Switch (2020) by Beth O’Leary
Leena is too young to feel stuck.
Eileen is too old to start over.
Maybe it’s time for The Switch…
Leena was named after grandma Eileen, at the time they thought that grandma was going to pass away but she survived. Having two Eileen’s in the family became confusing so younger Eileen switched to Leena. The bond between grandma and granddaughter goes beyond just sharing a name despite living different lives miles apart.
Leena is living in London mourning the loss of her younger sister, who suddenly finds herself with a two-month leave of absence from work. Whilst Eileen lives in a small village in Yorkshire discovering what life is like after her husband Wade left her for a younger woman. Committed to being chair of committees, driving the bingo van and very much part of village life.
A chance conversation about how life could have been for Eileen had she taken a job in London before she met Wade gives Leena an idea to switch lives for two months. Grandma will live in London and discover the dating scene, check out all the places she wanted to do as a young lady, Whilst Leena will move to Yorkshire and discover whether she can adjust to a slower, tech-free life. Taking on her Grandma’s duties, all carefully noted down in a file which her Grandma has left behind for her.
A charming story of discovering what was missing in either of their lives and building relationships.
Available to buy from Amazon in Hardback, Paperback, Kindle Store and Audiobook.
The Road Trip (2021) by Beth O’Leary
Will they make it to the wedding? And, more importantly, is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan
Addie is driving up to Scotland with her sister Debs and Rodney (some random in the Facebook group who needed a lift) to her friend Cherry’s wedding. Not long after setting off do they have an accident with a car failing to stop behind and shunting the car. This would be bad enough if the car wasn’t been driven by her ex Dylan and his annoying best mate Marcus.
Running into Addie after almost two years apart was not supposed to happen like this – but here they are. All headed to the same wedding, Marcus somehow convincing the girls to give them a lift. Five adults crammed into a mini with luggage and a host of emotional baggage – how could this road trip possibly go wrong? Other than a breakdown, a trucker, dashing out for a wee, road closure and skeletons let out of the closet.
Flitting back and forth between now and the past, you gain an insight into how they met, the relationship between the characters and how they ended up where they are today.
Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Hardback, Audiobook and Kindle Edition.
The No-Show (2022) by Beth O’Leary
Three women. Three dates. One missing man…
Available to pre-order from Amazon in Paperback, Hardback, Audiobook and Kindle Edition – due for release on 5th April 2022