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

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THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
Surprise Me is Sophie Kinsella's emotionally charged, witty new standalone novel about love and long-term relationship survival - and how those we think we know best can sometimes surprise us the most . . .

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other's sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it's casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years... and panic sets in.

They quickly decide to create little surprises for each other, to keep their relationship fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me - anything from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to photo shoots - mishaps arise with disastrous and comical results.

Gradually, the surprises turn to shocking discoveries. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, 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

This is the funniest book Sophie Kinsella has ever written

Jenny Colgan

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

Cosmopolitan on Surprise Me

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

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

Good Housekeeping

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

Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail

A hilariously funny, yet emotionally deep, novel

Sunday Express

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

Amanda Craig

Sophie Kinsella writes with a warm wit and this clever, funny and emotional novel will make you laugh and cry. *****

Daily Express

A funny, addictive story that shines with real emotion

Fabulous 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

Fast, furious and fabulous fun

Woman & Home

Another heart-warming story from the Queen of feel-good fiction

The Lady

A joy to read

USA Today

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

Fabulous magazine, Sun on Sunday

An enjoyable read, funny and moving

Sunday Post

A fun, frothy good-hearted read

Sunday Mirror

A tale of long-term love and friendship told with Sophie’s blend of warmth and humour

Sun

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784160432

    July 2, 2018

    Black Swan

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

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    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Hardback

    9780593074800

    February 15, 2018

    Bantam Press

    RRP $39.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Trade Paperback

    9780593074817

    February 12, 2018

    Bantam Press

    RRP $32.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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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