The new novel about family and motherhood from the author of The Panic Years


After Nancy's father dies, she is faced with two life-changing revelations.

One: She has a half-brother she knew nothing about.

Two: She's expecting a baby.

Her brother is clearly the result of an affair, and she's having the baby with a man who, despite being in a relationship with Nancy for over two years, shows absolutely no signs of commitment. He's not even in the same country as her right now.

Nancy's half-sister Rita is furious with their father and wants nothing to do with their new-found brother. But Nancy is intrigued... In a tumult of grief, bewilderment, fear and hope, she is eager to meet Oliver and find the answer to what really makes a family.

And in a few months' time, who is going to step up and help her bring up a baby?


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About the author

Nell Frizzell

Nell Frizzell is a writer, journalist and Vogue columnist. She has written and worked for the Guardian, VICE, The Sunday Times, Elle, the BBC, the Observer, Grazia and The Independent among many others. Her first book, The Panic Years, was an exploration of bodies, babies and the big questions facing modern life. Her debut novel, Square One, painted a humorous picture of moving home, fathers and daughters and surviving heartbreak. She lives in Oxford, in a very small house full of pasta and bedding and bikes.
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