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  • Published: 20 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241989524
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $26.00

Beach Read

Tiktok made me buy it! The New York Times bestselling laugh-out-loud love story you'll want to escape with this summer


He doesn't believe in happy endings. She's lost her faith that they exist. But could they find one together?

January is a hopeless romantic who narrates her life like she's the lead in a blockbuster movie. Gus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.

But January and Gus have more in common than you'd think:
They're both broke. They've got crippling writer's block. And they need to write bestsellers before summer ends.

The result? A bet to swap genres and see who gets published first.
The risk? In telling each other's stories, their worlds might be changed entirely...

  • Published: 20 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241989524
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

Emily Henry

Emily Henry is the author of the butterfly-inducing romantic comedies Beach Read and You & Me on Vacation, both of which were New York Times bestsellers. She studied creative writing at Hope College and now lives and writes in the American Midwest. She has featured in Prima, Elle, Woman & Home, The Independent (among others) and Jodi Picoult calls her 'my newest automatic-buy author.' Book Lovers is her third novel.

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Praise for Beach Read

A touching and heartfelt book about learning how to love again. I closed this book with a satisfied sigh

Jasmine Guillory, author of 'The Proposal'

Original, sparkling bright and layered with feeling. If whipcrack banter and foggy sexual tension is your catnip, you'll adore this book

Sally Thorne, author of 'The Hating Game'

Beach Read is exactly the witty, charming and swoony novel we always want; it also happens to be the unexpected wallop of emotional wisdom and sly social commentary we need right now. I adored it

Julia Whelan, author of 'My Oxford Year'

Beach Read has everything the title promises - a romping plot, family secrets, and the thrill of falling in love. I cannot wait to read what Henry writes next

Amy E. Reichert, author of 'The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go'

Reader, I swooned! Beach Read is the hottest book of the summer - the pages simply sizzle! My heart ached for January, and Gus is to die for - a steamy, smart and perceptive love story. I was engrossed!

Josie Silver, author of bestselling One Day in December

What a fantastic read! An absolute page turner, full of love, laughter and romance

Katie Ginger, author of 'Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay'

I would say this book is so much more than "just a beach read" but to do so would completely miss the point! As January reminds the reader and the perfectly-painted Gus alike, romantic comedies take skill, heart and guts to traverse the depths of what it means to fall in love - and Emily Henry makes sure this book has it all

Elizabeth Neep, author of 'The Spare Bedroom'

A clever and witty novel that will make your nerve-endings sigh with happiness

Debbie Viggiano, author of 'Willow's Wedding Vows'

A great escapist beach read but so much more as well. Emily writes beautifully, almost poetically in places and I will certainly look out for her work in the future. 5 stars!

Julie Houston, author of 'A Village Affair'

A smart, witty, warm, sexy novel ... Perfect escapism. I loved this book from the first page and can't wait to read more from Emily Henry

Emma Murray, author of 'Time Out'

Full of banter, heat, and sexual tension, I felt the thrill of falling in love right alongside January and Gus. A gorgeous page-turner of a novel that provided the perfect escapist romp

Laura Jane Williams, author of 'Our Stop'

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