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  • Published: 4 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9780857526168
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $35.00

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come

An Introvert’s Year of Living Dangerously




Extroverts have all the fun. Or so Jessica Pan thought.



Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come follows Jess's hilarious and painful year of misadventures in extroverting, reporting back from the frontlines for all the introverts out there - those lucky bastards still safe under their duvets.

Extroverts have all the fun. Or so Jessica Pan - professional introvert - thought.

When she found herself jobless, friendless and sitting low in the familiar Jess-shaped crease on her sofa, she couldn't help but wonder what life might have looked like if she had been a little more open to new experiences and new people and a little less attached to going home instead of going to the pub.

So she made a vow: to push her shy, introvert self to live the life of an extrovert for a year. She wrote a list: improv, a solo holiday and... talking to strangers on the tube. And regretted it instantly.

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come follows Jess's hilarious and painful year of misadventures in extroverting, reporting back from the frontlines for all the introverts out there - those lucky bastards still safe under their duvets.

But is life better and easier for the extroverts? Do they really have all the fun?

  • Pub date: 4 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9780857526168
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Jessica Pan

Jessica Pan is a journalist whose work has appeared in the likes of the Guardian's Weekend magazine, Stylist, The Cut, Lenny Letter and Vice.

She has a BA in Psychology from Brown University. Jessica is also the co-author of the book Graduates in Wonderland, an epistolary memoir about living in Beijing and Paris.

She previously worked as a TV reporter and magazine editor in Beijing and now lives in London.

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Praise for Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come

“Tender, courageous and extremely funny, this book will make us all braver.”

Daisy Buchanan

“Painfully hilarious”

Red

“In a world of self-care and nights in, this book will inspire and remind you to do some things that scare you every so often.”

Emma Gannon

“A chronicle of Pan’s hilarious and painful year of being an extrovert.”

Stylist

“Absolutely bloody great. As a textbook, concrete, public changing, foghorn extrovert, I find Jessica Pan’s descriptions of introversion and shyness fascinating and she is very funny.”

Nell Frizzell

“Well, I adored this. Beautifully written, fascinating and so, so funny. Had me properly guffawing on the bus.”

Lauren Bravo

“Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come achieves what so many books claim (but then frankly fail) to do: making you laugh, while at the same time managing to inspire. Pan is a gem, and her introvert's exploration of extroversion is all at once delightful and deftly rendered.”

Sara Barron

“Relatable, moving, and fantastically funny.”

Rhik Samadder

“Hilarious, unexpected and ultimately life-affirming.”

Will Storr


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