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  • Published: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787631366
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

Death and other Happy Endings

A smart, funny,uplifting debut which asks big questions.

If your life was going to end tomorrow, what would you do today?

Jennifer Cole has just been told that she has a terminal blood disease. She has three months to live -- ninety days to say goodbye to friends and family and put her affairs in order. Trying to focus on the positives (at least she’ll never lose her teeth) Jennifer realises she has one overriding regret: the words she’s left unsaid.
Rather than pursuing a frantic bucket list, she chooses to stay put, and write letters to three significant people in her life: her overbearing, selfish sister, her jelly-spined, cheating ex-husband, and her charming, unreliable ex-boyfriend finally telling them the things she’s always wanted to say but never dared.
At first, Jennifer feels cleansed by her catharsis. Liberated, even. But once you start telling the truth, it's hard to stop. And, as she soon discovers, the truth isn't always as straightforward as it seems, and death has a way of surprising you ..

  • Pub date: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787631366
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Melanie Cantor

Melanie Cantor was a celebrity agent and publicist for over thirty years. Her clients included Ulrika Jonsson, Melinda Messenger and Melanie Sykes. In 2004, she hosted a makeover show on Channel 4 called Making Space and in 2017 having just turned 60 she was scouted on Kings Cross station, subsequently appearing as a 'real model' in the most recent Dove campaign. She turned her hand to writing in 2008. Death and other Happy Endings is her first published novel.

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Praise for Death and other Happy Endings

“Totally wonderful: Funny and heart-warming and insightful about relationships and how people operate. Everybody’s going to be reading it this summer.”

Melanie Sykes

“I LOVE this book! I read it at high speed. How brilliant to read about a grown-up who is also funny and makes mistakes, in a novel that is full of heart and hope without any stupid bucket lists.”

Cathy Kelly

“A spirited feel-good story that made me smile, and think. .”

Fanny Blake

“Witty, very touching and entirely unexpected”

Jenny Colgan

“Witty and well-crafted.”

Sunday Mirror

“Filled with warmth and wit. Will make you want to throw on your saved-for-best dress and live your own life to the fullest”

Lisa Howells, Heat

“Written with energy and sparkle, it is such a clever idea which makes you think.”

Elizabeth Buchan

“Brilliantly funny and thought-provoking--an absolute joy.”

Rosie Walsh, New York Times bestselling author of Ghosted and The Man Who Didn't Call

“Engaging heroine! ... There's plenty of drama in Melanie Cantor's debut, which reminds us to live life with no limits.”

Good Housekeeping

“A book to cancel plans for – you won’t want to put it down.”


“Bursting with heart and charm, Cantor serves up a wonderfully warm take on love, loss, and second chances”

Hannah Orenstein, author of Playing with Matches

“Cantor strikes plenty of witty, hopeful notes”


“Without doubt Melanie Cantor’s Death and Other Happy Endings should be at the top of your summer reading list. This book is full of life and hope...A rollicking page turner, it will stay with you long after you’ve closed its beautifully designed covers.”

Melanie Sykes, BEST: Recommended Summer Reads

“A brisk, witty tale of saving your life by finding your voice.”


“This novel is going to provoke the most brilliant conversations around the water coolers!”

Badass Women, Talk Radio

“[An] accomplished debut….Twists push the story in intriguing directions, and the clever, personable voice of Jennifer is like that of a witty friend with a bad news/good news story to tell, resulting in a moving novel with a surprisingly playful edge.”

Publishers Weekly

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