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Beth O'Leary

Beth studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work.

You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).
 

The Switch

Eileen is sick of being 79.
Leena's tired of life in her twenties.
Maybe it's time they swapped places...

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen's house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She'd like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn't offer many eligible gentlemen.

Once Leena learns of Eileen's romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another's shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected.

Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn't as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect - and distractingly handsome - school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?

Territory Publisher/Agent
UK & Commonwealth Quercus
North America Flatiron Books
Brazil Intrinseca
Czech Republic Albatros Media
Hungary General Press
Lithuania Lithuanian Writers' Union Publishers
Portugal Topseller 20/20 Editora
Serbia Laguna
Slovenia Ucila

The Flatshare

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast.

Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash.

Their friends think they're crazy, but it's the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy's at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly-imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven't met yet, they're about to discover that if you want to live happily ever after you need to throw the rulebook out the window.

Can true love blossom even if you never see one another?

Or does true love blossom when you are least expecting it?
 

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Quercus
North America Flatiron Books
Czech Republic Albatros Media
Bulgaria Ibis
Brazil Intrinseca
China Citic
Croatia Znanje
Czech Republic Albatros Media
Denmark HarperCollins Nordic
Estonia Varrak
Finland WSOY
France Editions Fayard
Germany Diana / Heyne
Greece Patakis
Hungary General Press
Iceland Forlagid JPV
Italy Mondadori
Israel Kinneret
Korea Sallim
Lithuania Lithuanian Writers' Union Publishers
Macedonia ARs Lamina
Norway Gyldendal
Poland Albatros
Portugal Topseller 20/20 Editora
The Netherlands De Fontein
Romania Litera
Russia AST
Serbia Laguna
Slovakia Ikar
Slovenia Ucila
Spain Suma
Sweden Printz Publishing
Turkey Dogan Kitap
Ukraine Vivat
Vietnam Hoa Hoc Tro
Film rights Under Option

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