Love Untold

Love Untold


***The instant Sunday Times bestseller***

'Love, mess, secrets; this story of four generations of women is shot through with Ruth Jones's warmth and wisdom.' JOJO MOYES

'A hug in a book' Prima

'Her best book yet' Woman & Home

'Compassionate, wise and life-affirming' The Observer

The funny, moving and uplifting new novel from Ruth Jones, co-creator of Gavin & Stacey and author of the Sunday Times bestsellers Never Greener and Us Three.

Grace is about to turn ninety and she doesn't want parties or presents or fuss. She just wants a quiet celebration: her daily swim in the sea and a cup of tea with granddaughter Elin and great-granddaughter Beca. More than anything, she wants to heal the family rift that's been breaking her heart for decades.

And to do that she must find her daughter, Alys - the only person who can help to put things right.

But thirty years is a long time.

And many words have been left unsaid.

So is it too late now to heal the pain of the past?

This is a story about mothers and daughters: the love inherent in that bond and the heartache that miscommunication can bring. More than anything, it's about the importance of being true to oneself. Meet Grace, Alys, Elin and Beca - a family you'll come to know, and to love.


'Heartfelt, joyful, brave, utterly compelling' RACHEL JOYCE
'I adored it' JOANNA CANNON
'Joyful, life-affirming' ADELE PARKS

'Beautifully warm and totally absorbing. I cried and I laughed. I adored it' JANE FALLON


*'Good grief. This is truly a novel that pulled on every last emotion.'
*'Warm-hearted, beautiful and heartbreaking.'
*'Ruth's best book yet... entertaining and incredibly moving.'
*'A gorgeous, emotional read that I was completely immersed in.'
*'I'm absolutely gutted it's over... loved every single page.'

Love Untold, instant Sunday Times bestseller, July 2023
Richard & Judy Book Club Pick, Summer 2023


  • Love, mess, secrets; this story of four generations of women is shot through with Ruth Jones's warmth and wisdom. A big warm blanket of a book. I loved it
    Jojo Moyes

About the author

Ruth Jones

Ruth Jones is best known for her outstanding and award-winning television writing, most notably BBC One's Gavin and Stacey, which she co-wrote with James Corden and in which she played the incorrigible Nessa Jenkins. The 2019 Christmas Day special of Gavin and Stacey gained national critical acclaim, drawing an audience of over 18 million, winning a BAFTA for TV moment of the year and a National Television Award for Impact. Ruth also created and co-wrote Sky One's Stella, which ran for six series. Ruth has starred in several other television comedies and dramas.

Her debut novel Never Greener was chosen as WHSmith Fiction Book of the Year 2018, was nominated for Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards, was a Zoe Ball Book Club pick, and was a Sunday Times bestseller for fifteen weeks, three weeks at number one. Ruth's second novel, Us Three, was an instant Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and paperback and has sold almost a quarter of a million copies. Ruth was awarded a Comedy Women in Print Prize in 2020. Love Untold is her third novel.
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