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  • Published: 11 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473571341
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 9 hr 54 min
  • Narrator: Vinette Robinson
  • RRP: $27.99

Expectation

The most razor-sharp and heartbreaking novel of the year




A fierce, emotional, contemporary novel about the pursuit of a meaningful life after disappointment: three women think they can have it all. But soon they realise that even having some of it can be a challenge. For fans of Zadie Smith, Sheila Heti and Sally Rooney.

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Expectation by Anna Hope, read by Vinette Robinson.

Hannah, Cate and Lissa are young, vibrant and inseparable. Living on the edge of a common in East London, their shared world is ablaze with art and activism, romance and revelry – and the promise of everything to come. They are electric. They are the best of friends.

Ten years on, they are not where they hoped to be. Amidst flailing careers and faltering marriages, each hungers for what the others have. And each wrestles with the same question: what does it take to lead a meaningful life?

EXPECTATION is a novel of the highs and lows of friendship – how it can dip, dive and rise again. It is also about finding your way: as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a rebel. Most of all, it explores that liminal space between expectation and reality, the place – full of dreams, desires and pain – in which we all live our lives.

  • Published: 11 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473571341
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 9 hr 54 min
  • Narrator: Vinette Robinson
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Anna Hope

Anna Hope was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, RADA, and Birkbeck College, London. She lives in East London. WAKE is her first novel.

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Praise for Expectation

Profoundly intelligent and humane. Deserves to feature on many a prize shortlist

Guardian

A brilliant exploration of friendship, feminism and thwarted ambition

Pandora Sykes

One of the most intensely readable novels I've encountered this year

METRO

I loved it . . . 10 out of 10!

BRYONY GORDON

Will resonate with approximately 99 % of all women

RED magazine summer pick

Thoughtful, beautifully written, honest. A sensual book. I URGE YOU TO READ IT

MARIAN KEYES

Brilliant portrayal of long-term female friendships . . . I was gripped.

Prima

A Sally Rooney-esque evocative examination of female friendship

BEST SUMMER READS, i-newspaper

The real joy of this novel – while exploring just what second wave feminism has done for this generation of women (“you’ve had everything… we changed the world for you. For our daughters. And what have you done with it?”) – is in it’s writing; the dialogue and the honesty behind these characters who are doing their best, who are trying to live up to the fictional counterparts that they themselves have created… It’s the perfect summer reading

STYLIST MAGAZINE

Absolutely encapsulates what it means to be a young woman today, and beyond

Grazia Magazine

Hope’s writing is sublime and her characters so well fleshed out they will feel like friends at the end

Good Housekeeping Book of the Year

BEST BOOKS FOR JULY: Expectation has defied all my expectations and completely redefined the friendship novel. Each of the characters resonated with me and I’m in awe of the way Anna Hope captures what it means to be a woman, right here, right now, with all the precision of a surgeon’s knife.

Red Magazine Book of the Year

EDITOR'S CHOICE: I enjoyed this contemporary novel about the gulf between the expectation of how life will turn out and the reality... [it] taps into the current conversation about finding fulfilment and living a meaningful life.

Alice O'Keeffe, The Bookseller

Jaw-droppingly good

SARRA MANNING

Anna Hope has a way of getting inside difficult and painful moments, turning them inside out. I felt I knew these women as my own friends. Taut, electric, complex, funny.

RACHEL JOYCE bestselling author of THE UNEXPECTED PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY

Few novels leave me genuinely breathless with their brilliance. EXPECTATION is one of them. This book is beautiful. I am in AWE

HANNAH BECKERMAN

Succulent, tender and honest, EXPECTATION is about the relationships between women: love, loss, triumph and betrayal. It was one of those books that knowingly flirted, then seduced me and then utterly ravished me

TOR UDALL

A generation-defining book, honest and relatable on motherhood, ambition and sex. Like NORMAL PEOPLE with female friendship under the microscope

ERIN KELLY, bestselling author of HE SAID/SHE SAID

I loved it. Raw, honest, unputdownable.

TAMMY COHEN

I tore through EXPECTATION at the weekend. Exceptional gorgeously written and reads like a love letter to London. I highly recommend it

STACEY HALLS, bestselling author of THE FAMILIARS

I absolutely loved this. What really appealed to me was the depiction of the parents, about legacy and about what the mother's generation leaves for the one that comes after

ANNE YOUNGSON

An intimate and touching portrayal of female friendship that shows it's okay to just be

NINA POTTELL

So fresh, human, kind and relatable

JENNY COLGAN

Such a dark, relatable, elegant take on how time alters female friendships: how we become THESE people and our friends become THOSE people. Anyway, I loved it. You probably will, too

LIZA KLAUSSMANN, author of Tigers in Red Weather

A must-read. Will make you want to hug the women in you life

FABULOUS MAGAZINE Book of the Year

A deftly crafted hymn to the comfort and frustration of female friendship from one of our most gifted contemporary writers

WATERSTONES

Sensual and evocative, deeply attuned to both the inner lives of the protagonists

CULTUREFLY

The prose is beautiful, the characters achingly real, their flawed decisions enraging and yet somehow still relatable. This wonderful book will resonate with every woman who reads it

LOUISE O'NEILL

A quietly political story that suggests historic battles have left women with new impossible burdens of expectation. A marvellously tangy London novel

DAILY MAIL

Hope beautifully examines how female friendship, its issues entirely relatable, ebbs and flows over time in this wise and engaging read

SUNDAY EXPRESS

Hugely absorbing, massively enjoyable

LISSA EVANS

A deftly crafted hymn to the comfort and frustration of female friendship from one of our most gifted contemporary writers

WATERSTONES

Sensitive, resonant, addictive

DAILY MIRROR

A story that resonates with anyone who has tried and failed and tried again as they contemplate that gap between what is possible and what is not.

RTE GUIDE

Compulsive and beautifully told storytelling - an ode to 21st century London and an examination of the pressures of modern society

IRISH TIMES Book of the Year

completely redefines the friendship novel. I am in awe of the way Anna Hope captures what it means to be a woman, right here, right now.

RED MAGAZINE Book of the Year

Hope is adept at characterisation. The friends are fantastically well-realised.

Daily Times

The story of 3 college friends, if you're a fan of Sally Rooney, you'll love EXPECTATION

Irish Examiner

A grown-up, honest take on female camaraderie. Packed with talking points

Mail on Sunday

Fantastic. Beautifully written, sharply observed and saying important things

ELIZABETH DAY

BOOK OF THE YEAR. It's the book we're all buying for our sisters and besties this Christmas.

Fabulous

Brings to vivid life that particular tension one feels just before middle age, when it begins to become clear that life won’t end up looking exactly they way we thought it would. An outstanding novel

MARY BETH KEANE

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