Nothing Serious

Nothing Serious

Summary

A blisteringly sharp novel of self-acceptance, friendship and making connections in the most unexpected of places . . .

****

'Emotionally intelligent and thought-provoking. Raw and compelling' DAILY MAIL

'A thought-provoking, quietly devastating novel about loneliness and what people will do to belong' RED 'Best Books of January 2024'

'Sharp, sublime and achingly hopeful. Nothing Serious takes an honest and heartfelt look at loneliness and longing, friendship and survival. I loved it' CHRIS WHITAKER, New York Times bestselling author

'This book blew me away, I'm still reeling from it . . . This is a powerful novel that will bring out a world of emotions in you . . . Just brilliant' ***** Reader Review

****

Nicki - 30ish, care worker, living in Brighton - is scrolling for her next hook-up. A difficult home life, a job that's going nowhere, she seeks solace in random encounters.

Amber - 17, college student, lost - desperately needs someone to notice her.


She creates 'Kevin', a fake dating profile for a man in his thirties.


Neither Nicki nor 'Kevin' has any idea what they're about to get into.

They quickly match, and an unlikely friendship develops, giving each other the validation they both sorely need.

But can you ever truly connect when one of you is a liar?



***

'A searing exploration into the shape of loneliness and how far we'll go to create connections' HEATHER DARWENT, Sunday Times bestselling author

'Emotive . . . a powerful tale of a skewed but hopeful friendship through which two very different women find the courage to survive'
AMY BEASHEL

'WHAT. A. BOOK. I was utterly gripped from the first page. One that people will be talking about long after they finish reading'
LISA HALL

Reviews

  • Always emotionally intelligent and thought-provoking. Raw and compelling
    Daily Mail

About the author

Emma Medrano

Emma Medrano was born and raised in Sweden. She studied philosophy at the University of Glasgow and currently lives in Edinburgh. She has previously had short stories published in journals and was selected for Penguin Random House's WriteNow scheme, giving her the chance to develop her debut novel Nothing Serious. Emma can be found on Instagram and Twitter: @emmawroteabook
Learn More

Sign up to the Penguin Newsletter

For the latest books, recommendations, author interviews and more