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Author: Lauren Berry Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781427292339
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A cheeky, charming debut about twentysomething best friends in London navigating their careers and love lives past post-collegiate turmoil and into adulthood with lots of pints along the way

Emma is a rising star at the marketing firm she works at as a "creative," but would have trouble describing what exactly it is she does all day. She pours most of her actual creative energy into a popular blog that all of her friends agree is brilliant, but she has yet to make a cent on it. Clem is a massively talented screenwriter just back from New York, where she picked up a fancy graduate degree in film. But until she convinces an agent to take on her masterpiece script, she's stuck hostessing at the bar she frequented as an undergrad, and the only calls she's getting are about bills past due and overdrawn bank accounts. In their ironclad friendship both girls find a reliable break from the post-collegiate absurdities and indignities that seem to abound in life right at the moment they feel they should finally be getting it all together. With a rotating cast of lovably insufferable friends, from Emma's fabulous DJ and ladies’ man roommate to Clem's painfully ordinary and predictable childhood chum, the girls wind their way through the twists and turns of aging parents and terrible bosses and regrettable one night stands, unforeseen setbacks and blessings that present as anything but, and remind each other that while their ships might not have come in yet, the after work drinks are cold and the company can’t be beat.

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  • “A dynamite performance by Saskia Maarleveld illuminates this coming- of-age chick lit about an odd, hilarious friendship that millennials will find relatable…Expect a wide range of emotions from this performance. Maarleveld can transform her voice to perfectly fit the characters—from the quaintest to the most obnoxious—making listeners laugh throughout. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
    "A dynamite performance by Saskia Maarleveld illuminates this coming- of-age chick lit about an odd, hilarious friendship that millennials will find relatable. Maarleveld can transform her voice to perfectly fit the characters--from the quaintest to the most obnoxious--making listeners laugh throughout. AudioFile

  • “Cheeky, sweet, and serious, this novel has a finger on the pulse…Entirely relateable.”

    Psychologies magazine

  • “This book about two friends dealing with the mess of their twenties…feels like a great holiday read that the twenty-seven-year-old me can relate to.”

    Marie Claire

  • “Berry creates relatable characters who can laugh at themselves even when they fall down hard.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Lauren Berry is the founding editor of satirical feminist ‘zine KnockBack and has been writing for and about women since 2005. Her work has been featured in Easy Living, Guardian, Observer, and Independent. She was born, raised and works in North London.

About the Narrator

Saskia Maarleveld is an experienced voice-over actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Raised in New Zealand and France, she is highly skilled with accents and dialects, and many of her books have been narrated entirely in accents other than her own. In addition to audiobooks, her voice can be heard in animation, video games, and commercials.