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  • Published: 30 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9781405971195
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $26.00

The Idea of You

The electrifying globe-trotting love story - now a major film starring Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine


At thirty-nine, Solène Marchand is a devoted mother, a dedicated colleague and a considerate ex-wife.

But it's a long time since she's felt like herself.

So when someone comes along who seems to see her - to want her - for who she really is, the attraction is instant. And so begins a jet-setting, earth-shattering secret love affair.

But what if that someone is world-famous sex symbol Hayes Campbell? Captivating frontman of boy band of the moment August Moon - whose face is everywhere. Including Solène's teenage daughter's bedroom wall.

Can Solène allow herself to fall for the boy the whole world wants?

Or will she have to make a devastating choice?

  • Published: 30 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9781405971195
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $26.00

Praise for The Idea of You

The sleeper hit of the pandemic ... a glittering, global love affair full of bougie, vicarious travel. It's electric, triumphant, to read


This slayed me. It's the story of a single mom who starts an affair with a rock star in a boy band. She takes that premise and turns it into this incredible, effective, moving, honest, human love story

Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of <i>Daisy Jones and the Six</i> and <i>Malibu Rising</i>

As the pages turned and the minutes passed, The Idea of You managed to work the ultimate book magic: It blurred the boundary between this world and that one

Elena Nicolaou, <i>Oprah Magazine</i>

You finally have something else to obsess about [...] will have you staying up all night to finish

<i>The Skimm</i>

An OMG page-turner that literally sucks you in from page one to the last few words. I found myself yearning for more, needing, really, to know what happens next...it's that good

Gabrielle Union

Captures what fame looks like, and how it affects us all...a fun, juicy love story

Elizabeth Banks

An honest and elegant book about modern love in the age of uber-celebrity and social media

Hill Harper

Not only is this romance a fun ride, but it also draws on themes of celebrity and sexism that will give you something to think about after you're done


A fascinating, thought-provoking, genre-bending romantic read

Kirkus Reviews

Sexy enough for the beach, smart enough for the book club

Book Circle

Steamy and sexy, this is escapism at its absolute finest. I spent the hours in between binges fantasising about the characters and what they were up to. The three days I spent reading this were blissful

Laura Jane Williams, bestselling author of <i>Our Stop</i>

Glorious, glamorous, dizzying escapism that has consumed me for the last day. I am not over it

Cressida McLaughlin, bestselling author of <i>The Cornish Cream Tea Bus</i>

I DEVOURED this! The world-building and psychology around the romance was so good, and boy did the ending break me ... the book we really just NEED right now

Holly Bourne

I can't put this down... the anticipation of the slow burning relationship is completely compelling

Alex Brown, bestselling author of <i>A Postcard from Italy</i>

Summer's sauciest, sexiest read. This book has ruined my life and I'm not even mad about it


A sizzling summer love story that I couldn't put down

Lynsey James, author of <i>The Single Dad's Handbook</i>

An addictive, glamorous, escapist page-turner - and pure wish fulfilment for Harry Styles fans

Daily Record

My book of the year! The writing is sharp and believable and the sex scenes are so scorchio that soon you too will stan for Harry Styles #ifyouknowyouknow


Fun, sexy, intelligent, I LOVED it


I'm madly in love with this novel

Curtis Sittenfeld