The Husbands

The Husbands


'One of the funniest debuts for years' SUNDAY TIMES
'The most fun I've had reading in the longest time' MARIAN KEYES
An absolute riot' THE UNMUMSY MUM

You wait ages for The One . . . then 203 come along at once

One night Lauren finds a strange man in her flat who claims to be her husband. All the evidence – from photos to electricity bills – suggests he’s right.

Lauren’s attic, she slowly realises, is creating an endless supply of husbands for her.

There’s the one who pretends to play music on her toes.
The one who’s too hot (there must be a catch).
The one who makes a great breakfast sandwich.
The one who turns everything into double entendres (‘I’ll weed your
And the one who can calm her unruly thoughts with a single touch.

But when you can change husbands as easily as changing a lightbulb, how do you know whether the one you have now is the good-enough one, or the wrong one, or the best one? And how long should you keep trying to find out?

'A wonderful, wonderful novel' JENNIE GODFREY
'A time-bending gem' GABRIELLE ZEVIN
'Laugh-out-loud funny, perceptive and utterly original' RED


‘This book was INCREDIBLE! So inventive, funny and different’
‘I clapped out loud and cried’
‘I adored this book. Fast-paced and funny with heart’
‘Incredibly vivid, completely original’
'So many husbands so many personalities so much confusion so much fun!'


  • A riot . . . a smart, witty satire about the the illusion of choice . . . It’s clever and silly and funny and wildly imaginative and I bloody loved it

About the author

Holly Gramazio

Holly Gramazio is a writer, game designer and curator from Adelaide, currently based in London. She founded the experimental games festival Now Play This, and wrote the script for the award-winning indie videogame Dicey Dungeons. She’s particularly interested in rules, play, cities, gardens, games that get people acting creatively and art that gets people interacting with their surroundings in new ways. The Husbands is her first novel.
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