Expectation - Anna Hope

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Title
Expectation
Author
Anna Hope
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Black Swan
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20200709

THE MUST-READ SUMMER 2020 RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK

'If you wished Normal People had tackled female friendship, try Expectation' GRAZIA
'Profoundly intelligent and humane. Deserves to feature on many a prize shortlist' GUARDIAN
'A brilliant exploration of friendship, feminism and thwarted ambition' PANDORA SYKES
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What happened to the women we were supposed to become?

Hannah, Cate and Lissa are young, vibrant and inseparable. Living on the edge of a common in East London, their shared world is ablaze with art and activism, romance and revelry - and the promise of everything to come. They are electric. They are the best of friends.

Ten years on, they are not where they hoped to be. Amidst flailing careers and faltering marriages, each hungers for what the others have. And each wrestles with the same question: what does it take to lead a meaningful life?

The most razor-sharp and heartbreaking novel of the year, EXPECTATION is a novel about finding your way: as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a rebel.

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'Thoughtful, beautifully written, honest. A sensual book. I URGE YOU TO READ IT' MARIAN KEYES

'Beautiful, sharp, moving. I urge you to read it'' ELIZABETH DAY

'A brilliant exploration of friendship, feminism and thwarted ambition' PANDORA SYKES

'I loved it ... 10 out of 10' BRYONY GORDON

'Will resonate with approximately 99% of women' RED MAGAZINE summer pick

'One of the most intensely readable novels this year' METRO

'One of our most gifted contemporary writers' WATERSTONES

'SO GOOD. A 'What they did next' story of characters from a Sally Rooney novel' SARAH FRANKLIN

'The story of 3 college friends, if you're a fan of Sally Rooney, you'll love EXPECTATION' IRISH EXAMINER

'A must-read' FABULOUS MAGAZINE

'A generation-defining book on motherhood, ambition and sex. Like NORMAL PEOPLE with female friendship under the microscope.' ERIN KELLY

'Few novels leave me so genuinely breathless with their brilliance' HANNAH BECKERMAN

'Sublime' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, Book of the Year

'A marvellously tangy London novel' DAILY MAIL

'A grown-up, honest take on female camaraderie. Packed with talking points' MAIL ON SUNDAY

'Hugely absorbing, massively enjoyable' LISSA EVANS

'Totally unputdownable, immersive, sharp, FAB' HARRIET EVANS

'Beautifully observed study of female friendship and a moving account of the collision between aspiration and reality' DAILY MAIL MUST-READ

'Fantastically well-realised portrait of female friendship's joys and pains from an exciting new voice in British fiction' DAILY TELEGRAPH

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ANNA HOPE studied at Oxford University and RADA. She is the internationally prizewinning and bestselling author of Wake and The Ballroom. Her contemporary fiction debut, Expectation, explores themes of love, lust, motherhood, and feminism, while asking the greater question of what defines a generation. She lives in Sussex with her husband and young daughter.

Profoundly intelligent and humane. Deserves to feature on many a prize shortlist
Guardian

A brilliant exploration of friendship, feminism and thwarted ambition
Pandora Sykes

One of the most intensely readable novels I've encountered this year
METRO

I loved it . . . 10 out of 10!
BRYONY GORDON

Will resonate with approximately 99 % of all women
RED magazine summer pick

Thoughtful, beautifully written, honest. A sensual book. I URGE YOU TO READ IT
MARIAN KEYES

Brilliant portrayal of long-term female friendships . . . I was gripped.
Prima

A Sally Rooney-esque evocative examination of female friendship
BEST SUMMER READS, i-newspaper

The real joy of this novel - while exploring just what second wave feminism has done for this generation of women ("you've had everything… we changed the world for you. For our daughters. And what have you done with it?") - is in it's writing; the dialogue and the honesty behind these characters who are doing their best, who are trying to live up to the fictional counterparts that they themselves have created… It's the perfect summer reading
STYLIST MAGAZINE

Absolutely encapsulates what it means to be a young woman today, and beyond
Grazia Magazine

Hope's writing is sublime and her characters so well fleshed out they will feel like friends at the end
Good Housekeeping Book of the Year

BEST BOOKS FOR JULY: Expectation has defied all my expectations and completely redefined the friendship novel. Each of the characters resonated with me and I'm in awe of the way Anna Hope captures what it means to be a woman, right here, right now, with all the precision of a surgeon's knife.
Red Magazine Book of the Year

EDITOR'S CHOICE: I enjoyed this contemporary novel about the gulf between the expectation of how life will turn out and the reality... [it] taps into the current conversation about finding fulfilment and living a meaningful life.
The Bookseller - Alice O'Keeffe

Jaw-droppingly good
SARRA MANNING

Anna Hope has a way of getting inside difficult and painful moments, turning them inside out. I felt I knew these women as my own friends. Taut, electric, complex, funny.
RACHEL JOYCE bestselling author of THE UNEXPECTED PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY

Few novels leave me genuinely breathless with their brilliance. EXPECTATION is one of them. This book is beautiful. I am in AWE
HANNAH BECKERMAN

Succulent, tender and honest, EXPECTATION
is about the relationships between women: love, loss, triumph and betrayal. It was one of those books that knowingly flirted, then seduced me and then utterly ravished me
TOR UDALL

A generation-defining book, honest and relatable on motherhood, ambition and sex. Like NORMAL PEOPLE with female friendship under the microscope
ERIN KELLY, bestselling author of HE SAID/SHE SAID

I loved it. Raw, honest, unputdownable.
TAMMY COHEN

I tore through EXPECTATION at the weekend. Exceptional gorgeously written and reads like a love letter to London. I highly recommend it
STACEY HALLS, bestselling author of THE FAMILIARS

I absolutely loved this. What really appealed to me was the depiction of the parents, about legacy and about what the mother's generation leaves for the one that comes after
ANNE YOUNGSON

An intimate and touching portrayal of female friendship that shows it's okay to just be
NINA POTTELL

So fresh, human, kind and relatable
JENNY COLGAN

Such a dark, relatable, elegant take on how time alters female friendships: how we become THESE people and our friends become THOSE people. Anyway, I loved it. You probably will, too
LIZA KLAUSSMANN, author of Tigers in Red Weather

Type
BOOK
Edition
1st paperback ed
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
325

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