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Number One bestselling author Sophie Kinsella's emotionally charged, witty new standalone novel about love and long-term relationship survival - and how those we think we know best can sometimes surprise us the most . . .

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NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR Sophie Kinsella's emotionally charged, witty new standalone novel about love and long-term relationship survival - and how those we think we know best can sometimes surprise us the most . . .

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other's sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it's casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years... and panic sets in.

They quickly decide to create little surprises for each other, to keep their relationship fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me - anything from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to photo shoots - mishaps arise with disastrous and comical results.

Gradually, the surprises turn to shocking discoveries. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all...

***** EVERYBODY LOVES SOPHIE KINSELLA: *****
'Left me giddy with laughter. I loved it' JOJO MOYES
'One of the most relatable books I've read in a long time, I couldn’t put it down.' LOUISE PENTLAND (SprinkleofGlitter)
'Life doesn't get much better than a new Sophie Kinsella novel' RED

Reviews

Sophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter. I loved it.

Jojo Moyes

This is the funniest book Sophie Kinsella has ever written

Jenny Colgan

This is Sophie Kinsella at her heart-warming and hilarious best

Cosmopolitan on Surprise Me

In a month when romance takes centre stage, Sophie Kinsella can always be relied upon to deliver a story that will warm the cockles of any tired old heart but never lapses into saccharine sweet sentiment.

Red magazine

Kinsella at her put-a-smile-on-your-face best

Good Housekeeping

I'm a huge fan of Kinsella . . . Highly enjoyable

Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail

A hilariously funny, yet emotionally deep, novel

Sunday Express

Enchanting and clever . . . whip-smart and brilliantly done, with a lightness of touch that disguises a lot of real wisdom.

Amanda Craig

Sophie Kinsella writes with a warm wit and this clever, funny and emotional novel will make you laugh and cry. *****

Daily Express

A funny, addictive story that shines with real emotion

Fabulous Magazine

A delight . . . Joyful, great fun and with quite a few twists along the way

Catherine Alliott

This book . . . has a touch of real wisdom [and] will satisfy Kinsella diehards as well as new readers.

Washington Post

Fizzingly fresh and can't fail to lift your spirits

Sunday Post

What an absolute treat – sheer joy from start to finish.

Lucy Diamond

Fast, furious and fabulous fun

Woman & Home

Another heart-warming story from the Queen of feel-good fiction

The Lady

A joy to read

USA Today

This fun, super-readable breath of fresh air had us completely hooked

Fabulous magazine, Sun on Sunday

An enjoyable read, funny and moving

Sunday Post

A fun, frothy good-hearted read

Sunday Mirror

A tale of long-term love and friendship told with Sophie’s blend of warmth and humour

Sun

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784160432

    July 2, 2018

    Black Swan

    RRP $26.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • Hardback

    9780593074800

    February 15, 2018

    Bantam Press

    368 pages

    RRP $48.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

Extract

PROLOGUE

I have this secret little vocabulary for my husband. Words I’ve invented, just to describe him. I’ve never even told him about them: they just pop into my head, now and then. Like …

Scrubcious: the adorable way he scrunches up his face when he’s confused, his eyebrows akimbo, his gaze imploring, as if to say: ‘Explain!’ Dan doesn’t like to be confused. He likes everything straight. Clear. Out in the open.

Tentery: that taut, defensive way he behaves whenever the subject of my father comes up in conversation. (He thinks I don’t notice.)

Shoffed: when life has turned round and punched him in the face so hard, his breath is literally taken away for a moment.

Actually, that’s more of an all-purpose word. It can apply to anyone. It can apply to me. Right now, it does apply to me. Because guess what? I’m shoffed. My lungs have frozen. My cheeks are tingling. I feel like an actor in a daytime soap, and here’s why: 1. I’m prowling around Dan’s office, when 2. he’s out at work, oblivious to what I’m doing, and 3. I’ve opened a secret locked drawer in his desk, and 4. I can’t believe what I’ve found; what I’m holding; what I’m seeing.

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Also by Sophie Kinsella

Mummy Fairy And Me: Fairy In Waiting
Can You Keep A Secret?
Finding Audrey
Shopaholic & Sister
Wedding Night
The Undomestic Goddess
Shopaholic & Baby
Remember Me?
I've Got Your Number
My Not So Perfect Life
Shopaholic to the Rescue
Shopaholic on Honeymoon (Short Story)
Shopaholic to the Stars
Six Geese a-Laying (Mini Christmas Short Story)
Mini Shopaholic
Twenties Girl
Shopaholic Ties The Knot
Shopaholic Abroad
The Secret Dreamworld Of A Shopaholic

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The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Golden House
Fifty Shades of Grey
Rushing Waters
The Bear and The Nightingale
Ready Player One
The Trip of a Lifetime
Breath
On Chesil Beach
Animal Farm
The Light Between Oceans
Sanctuary