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  • Published: 2 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784165574
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99

Before I Saw You

A joyful read asking ‘can you fall in love with someone you’ve never seen?’

The Flatshare meets Me Before You, this book flips modern dating on its head and asks if you can really fall in love with someone you've never seen.


Alice and Alfie are strangers. But they sleep next to each other every night.

Alfie Mack has been in hospital for months recovering from an accident. A new face on the ward is about as exciting as life gets for him right now, so when someone moves into the bed next to him he's eager to make friends. But it quickly becomes clear that seeing his neighbour's face won't happen any time soon.

Alice Gunnersley has been badly burned and can't even look at herself yet, let alone allow anyone else to see her. She keeps the curtain around her bed firmly closed, but it doesn't stop Alfie trying to get to know her. And gradually, as he slowly brings Alice out of her shell, might there even be potential for more?

  • Published: 2 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784165574
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Emily Houghton

Emily Jayne Houghton is a 28-year-old digital banker by day and a creative writer by night. She’s originally from Essex but has been living in London for the past 7 years. Emily is completely obsessed with dogs, is a trained yoga teacher and has dreamt of being an author ever since she could hold a pen.

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Praise for Before I Saw You

Such a moving book about loving someone, both inside and out. Just lovely

Alice Peterson, bestselling author of Monday to Friday Man

A beautiful, uplifting story with characters that made me smile on every page

Jessica Ryn, author of The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside

A charming page-turner of a romance with characters I cared about enormously. I inhaled it!

Laura Jane Williams, bestselling author of Our Stop

This is a beautifully-written, emotionally rich story about hope, love and new beginnings. I fell in love with Alice and Alfie, along with the other hospital residents, immediately

Lynsey James

A heartwarming and heartbreaking debut


A warm, captivating love story that will break your heart and put it back together again. The story was totally unique and really beautiful, with characters so real that finishing the book felt like saying goodbye to friends.

Olivia Beirne, author of The Accidental Love Letter

An emotional and character-led story that is sure to tug at your heartstrings

Woman's Own

The perfect read for fans of Me Before You


Love and compassion is compressed into the pages of this book [...] I found myself staying up way past my bed time to read, and read, and read

Anything Goes Lifestyle

Billed as the love story of the year

That's Life

Heart-warming love story

The Up Coming

Engaging and smile-inducing

The Connaught Telegraph