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  • Published: 16 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784164850
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $19.99

Mix Tape

What if what could have been is still to come? MIX TAPE is the novel that's taken the media by storm: 'Fantastic, moving, beautiful' Daily Mail; 'A nostalgic delight' Sunday Mirror; 'This grown-up love story is gorgeously written' Good Housekeeping

'This grown-up love story is gorgeously written and romantic without being sentimental' Good Housekeeping
'This tender tale of second chances... is a nostalgic delight' Sunday Mirror

You never forget the one that got away.

Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix tape.

But that was years ago and Ali hasn't thought about him in a very long time. Even if she had, she might not have called him 'the one that got away'; after all, she'd been the one to run.

Then Dan's name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their shared past.

For two blissful minutes, Alison is no longer an adult in Adelaide with temperamental daughters; she is sixteen in Sheffield, dancing in her skin-tight jeans. She cannot help but respond in kind.

And so begins a new mix tape.

Ali and Dan exchange songs - some new, some old - across oceans and time zones, across a lifetime of different experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything.

Readers are falling in love with Mix Tape!
'I laughed, I cried, I listened to the music. I wanted to know the characters in real life.' *****
'This book is beautiful. The writing is so emotive and evocative.' *****
'I LOVED this book - the music in it brought back so many memories from my teenage years.' *****

  • Published: 16 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784164850
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Jane Sanderson

JANE SANDERSON is a writer and journalist. She worked as a producer for BBC Radio 4 on The World at One and Woman’s Hour before becoming a novelist. She lives with her husband in Herefordshire, and they also have a houseboat in London.

Jane’s previous novels include This Much Is True, Netherwood, Ravenscliffe and Eden Falls. Mix Tape is her latest.

Praise for Mix Tape

Gorgeous novel. . . guaranteed to make you think of your first love - and perhaps what might have been.

Nina Pottell, Prima

A lovely novel, delicately drawn, with characters that really linger in the mind and memory.

Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us

This grown-up love story is gorgeously written and romantic.

Good Housekeeping

A deftly written romantic novel.


Touching, peppily nostalgic love story.

Sainsbury's Magazine

Funny, moving, relatable and with a great playlist, this is one mix tape well worth investing in.


Fantastic, moving, beautiful.

Daily Mail

This tender tale of second chances . . . is a nostalgic delight.

The Sunday Mirror

Nostalgic and poignant, prepare for all the feels.


A nostalgic tale of devastating but enduring love.

Daily Mirror

Beautifully written and a joy to read.

Daily Express

Carefully formed, well-rounded and likeable, by the final pages I cared about Alison and Daniel as if they were my friends.

Sunday Express

A wonderfully musical story about modern relationships and lost loves.

OK! Magazine

A beautiful story.

Bella Magazine

A masterpiece. The best book I've read for a long, long, time.

Craig Cash

Spotify Playlist

Featuring Blondie, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell and more, you can now listen to the official Mix Tape playlist on Spotify.

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