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Author: Francesca Hornak Narrator: Jilly Bond Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9780525498919
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A warm, wry, sharply observed debut novel about what happens when a family is forced to spend a week together in quarantine over the holidays

It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems.

As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.

In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Jilly Bond shows a great range in depicting the three female characters—Emma, the family matriarch, and sisters Olivia and Phoebe, each of whom has her own distinct cadence—as well as the three male characters…Family tension is played out in pauses, raised voices, stammered dialogue, and shocked gasps, which are lightened by laughter that comes from the recollection of happier and easier times. Bond does a beautiful job narrating a heartwarming story.”


  • “Hilariously funny, with characters that jump off the page, grab you, and just won’t let go.”

    Rosamund Lupton, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Sharply funny and beguilingly British.”


  • “You will laugh at hilarious situations and be touched by others, ultimately discovering that the Birch family is basically every family.”

    Associated Press

  • “Perfect for fans of cozy Christmas films like Love Actually and The Family Stone. An emotional but ultimately uplifting holiday story.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Hornak’s wry, masterful portrayal of a family in crisis is filled with flawed and funny characters who will capture—and break—your heart.”

    Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse

  • “If you like your families dysfunctional and your novels whip-smart, then Hornak’s delightful debut about a family discovering the unexpected benefits of forced quality time over the holidays will enchant your inner ironist and sentimentalist alike.”

    Courtney Maum, author of Touch

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About the Author

Francesca Hornak is a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, including the London Sunday Times, Guardian, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Red. She is the author of a novel and two nonfiction books.

About the Narrator

Jilly Bond has worked extensively in theater and radio for many years. Her stage credits include Miranda in The Tempest, Fiona in When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout, and Anita in A Small Family Business. She is regularly heard in dramas for Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. She has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards for her audiobook narration.