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Number One bestselling author Sophie Kinsella's emotionally charged, witty new standalone novel about marriage and family - and how those we love and know best can sometimes surprise us the most . . .

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other's sentences. However, a trip to the doctor reveals they could live another 68 years together... and panic sets in. They never expected 'until death do us part' to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring.

But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakeable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that questions some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all...

Everybody loves Sophie Kinsella:
'Left me giddy with laughter. I loved it' Jojo Moyes
'One of the most relatable books I've read in a long time, I couldn’t put it down.' Louise Pentland (SprinkleofGlitter)
'Life doesn't get much better than a new Sophie Kinsella novel' Red

Reviews

Sophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter. I loved it.

Jojo Moyes

Kinsella at her put-a-smile-on-your-face best

Good Housekeeping

This is the funniest book Sophie Kinsella has ever written

Jenny Colgan

I'm a huge fan of Kinsella . . . Highly enjoyable

Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail

Enchanting and clever . . . whip-smart and brilliantly done, with a lightness of touch that disguises a lot of real wisdom.

Amanda Craig

In a month when romance takes centre stage, Sophie Kinsella can always be relied upon to deliver a story that will warm the cockles of any tired old heart but never lapses into saccharine sweet sentiment.

Red magazine

A delight . . . Joyful, great fun and with quite a few twists along the way

Catherine Alliott

This book . . . has a touch of real wisdom [and] will satisfy Kinsella diehards as well as new readers.

Washington Post

Fizzingly fresh and can't fail to lift your spirits

Sunday Post

What an absolute treat – sheer joy from start to finish.

Lucy Diamond

A funny, addictive story that shines with real emotion

Fabulous Magazine

Fast, furious and fabulous fun

Woman & Home

A joy to read

USA Today

This fun, super-readable breath of fresh air had us completely hooked

Fabulous magazine, Sun on Sunday

This is Sophie Kinsella at her heart-warming and hilarious best

Cosmopolitan on Surprise Me

An enjoyable read, funny and moving

Sunday Post

A fun, frothy good-hearted read

Sunday Mirror

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784160432

    July 2, 2018

    Black Swan

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9780593074800

    February 15, 2018

    Bantam Press

    RRP $39.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780593074817

    February 12, 2018

    Bantam Press

    RRP $32.99

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    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
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    Or

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Extract

PROLOGUE

I have this secret little vocabulary for my husband. Words I’ve invented, just to describe him. I’ve never even told him about them: they just pop into my head, now and then. Like …

Scrubcious: the adorable way he scrunches up his face when he’s confused, his eyebrows akimbo, his gaze imploring, as if to say: ‘Explain!’ Dan doesn’t like to be confused. He likes everything straight. Clear. Out in the open.

Tentery: that taut, defensive way he behaves whenever the subject of my father comes up in conversation. (He thinks I don’t notice.)

Shoffed: when life has turned round and punched him in the face so hard, his breath is literally taken away for a moment.

Actually, that’s more of an all-purpose word. It can apply to anyone. It can apply to me. Right now, it does apply to me. Because guess what? I’m shoffed. My lungs have frozen. My cheeks are tingling. I feel like an actor in a daytime soap, and here’s why: 1. I’m prowling around Dan’s office, when 2. he’s out at work, oblivious to what I’m doing, and 3. I’ve opened a secret locked drawer in his desk, and 4. I can’t believe what I’ve found; what I’m holding; what I’m seeing.

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Also by Sophie Kinsella

Mummy Fairy and Me
My Not So Perfect Life
Shopaholic to the Rescue
Finding Audrey
Shopaholic on Honeymoon (Short Story)
Shopaholic to the Stars
Wedding Night
I've Got Your Number
Six Geese a-Laying (Mini Christmas Short Story)
Mini Shopaholic
Twenties Girl
Remember Me?
Shopaholic & Baby
Shopaholic Ties The Knot
Shopaholic Abroad
The Secret Dreamworld Of A Shopaholic
The Undomestic Goddess
Shopaholic & Sister
Can You Keep A Secret?

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