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One hilarious and painful year of misadventures in extroverting. Jess Pan goes out on behalf of all the introverts to answer the question: is it really true that extroverts have all the fun?

What would happen if a shy introvert lived like a gregarious extrovert for one year? If she knowingly and willingly put herself in perilous social situations that she’d normally avoid at all costs? Jessica Pan is going to find out.

When she found herself jobless and friendless, sitting in the familiar Jess-shaped crease on her sofa, she couldn't help but wonder what life might have looked like if she had been a little more open to new experiences and new people, a little less attached to going home instead of going to the pub.

So, she made a vow: to push herself to live the life of an extrovert for a year. She wrote a list: improv, a solo holiday and... talking to strangers on the tube. She regretted it instantly.

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come follows Jess's hilarious and painful year of misadventures in extroverting, reporting back from the frontlines for all the introverts out there.

But is life actually better or easier for the extroverts? Or is it the nightmare Jess always thought it would be?

Reviews

Tender, courageous and extremely funny, this book will make us all braver.

Daisy Buchanan

Painfully hilarious

Red

In a world of self-care and nights in, this book will inspire and remind you to do some things that scare you every so often.

Emma Gannon

A chronicle of Pan’s hilarious and painful year of being an extrovert.

Stylist

Absolutely bloody great. As a textbook, concrete, public changing, foghorn extrovert, I find Jessica Pan’s descriptions of introversion and shyness fascinating and she is very funny.

Nell Frizzell

Well, I adored this. Beautifully written, fascinating and so, so funny. Had me properly guffawing on the bus.

Lauren Bravo

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come achieves what so many books claim (but then frankly fail) to do: making you laugh, while at the same time managing to inspire. Pan is a gem, and her introvert's exploration of extroversion is all at once delightful and deftly rendered.

Sara Barron

Relatable, moving, and fantastically funny.

Rhik Samadder

Hilarious, unexpected and ultimately life-affirming.

Will Storr

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780857526168

    June 4, 2019

    Doubleday

    368 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780857526151

    May 30, 2019

    Doubleday

    368 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
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    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile
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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781473562707

    May 30, 2019

    Transworld Digital

    368 pages

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  • Audio Download

    9781473571327

    May 30, 2019

    Transworld Digital

    RRP $32.99

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