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The shelf
Helly Acton
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***A Radio 2 Book Club Pick***'Utter PERFECTION!' Marian Keyes'Fun, fresh and thought-provoking' Lindsey Kelk'A witty, life-affirming page-turner' Woman & Home'Fun, thought-provoking and unapologetically feminist' Daisy Edgar-Jones'This brilliant novel is a really fun read. Very entertaining!' Jo WhileyShe can't believe she didn't see this coming. Well, not this. How could anyone anticipate being dumped on TV?Everyone in Amy's life seems to be getting married, having children and settling down (or so Instagram tells her), and she feels like she's falling behind. So, when her long-term boyfriend surprises her with a dream holiday, she thinks he's going to finally pop the Big Question. But the dream turns into a nightmare when, instead, she finds herself on the set of a Big Brother-style reality television show, The Shelf.Along with five other women, Amy is heartlessly dumped live on TV and must compete in a series of humiliating and obnoxious tasks in the hope of being crowned 'The Keeper'.While inside the house, will Amy learn that there are worse things than being 'left on the shelf'?***Look out for Helly Acton's next novel, The Couple, out summer 2021. Search 9781838773847***

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Helly Acton is a copywriter from London with past lives in the Middle East, Africa and Australia. Born in Zimbabwe, Helly and her family emigrated to the East Sussex coast when she was fifteen years old. Here, she finished school and spent her holidays in Saudi Arabia, where her father was working. She studied Law at King's College London before following a more creative path into advertising.
 In her mid-twenties, Helly escaped the rat race and took a three-month career break to travel in Africa, India and Asia before landing in Australia. What was supposed to last one year ended up lasting six, and after a life-affirming break up in Sydney, she returned home to find herself the last of her single friends. Helly threw herself into the deep end of online dating in the city and uses this experience as a single woman in her early thirties, torn between settling down and savouring her independence, as a source of inspiration for her stories.
 Helly currently lives in London with her husband, Chris, and their dog child Milo.

I absolutely LOVED The Shelf. One of those delicious books you just can't put down. So many gorgeous witty one-liners. Utter PERFECTION!
Marian Keyes

Fun, fresh and thought-provoking
Lindsey Kelk

I haven't been so immediately sucked in by a novel IN YEARS. Not only is the idea brilliant and original, but Helly's writing is also compelling and hilarious. The Shelf is a must-read and I cannot recommend it highly enough
Lucy Vine

[One of] the hottest summer reads ... a plot that shouldn't work on paper, but really does.

The Shelf is just as addictive as reality TV but twice as juicy! Shocking and hilarious, I devoured it and I just want more
Carrie Hope Fletcher

Fun, thought-provoking and unapologetically feminist . . . the perfect antidote to lockdown life
Daisy Edgar-Jones

Couldn't put it down once I started! Fell in love with the characters and how they each challenge the idea of what a "perfect" woman should be!
Michelle Elman AKA @Scarrednotscared

I really loved it! Subversive, feminist and a real breath of fresh air. I inhaled this!
Laura Jane Williams

I absolutely loved it - such a clever concept, so well executed and with a perfect ending! Such a clever, brilliant book!
Katie Fforde

You know when you put your whole life on hold, because you're so absorbed in a book? That. So original and sparkly, the freshest, funniest book, I adored it!! It made me feel strong and empowered and wonderful
Claudia Carroll

As addictive as they come ... a witty, life-affirming page-turner. A breath of fresh air.
Woman & Home

Will keep you laughing page after page - Helly's sharp, funny and fast-paced prose is a delight to read.
My Weekly

The Shelf is honestly such a delight. The concept in itself is genius, but the execution is even better - both laugh-out-loud funny and full of heart. I loved it!
Katie Lowe

This is the kind of book that can be swallowed in a day. It is an astute and entertaining analysis of the ways in which women live under society's microscope and a moving depiction of the sisterhood. It made me laugh and made my blood boil - definitely the signs of a successful book!
Sara-Ella Ozbek

On the surface, this book has massive appeal for anyone who loves reality shows and dreams of their fifteen minutes of fame, but it goes much further than that ... an uplifting book which flips the tables and shows the women in an empowering way
The Bookbag

Fascinating, funny, gut wrenching and not just a rollicking read but belongs on the school curriculum
Anna McPartlin

A fabulous romp of a novel
Clare Pooley

An all-too-relatable feminist novel about accepting ourselves and not leading a life we THINK we should based on what society is telling us

Fun, light-hearted and genuinely warming read . . . an ideal summer lockdown read
Candid Book Club

Really entertaining read ... a feminist takedown of reality TV

Daily Mail

A story of friendship, feminism and solidarity

EDITOR'S CHOICE: An entertaining take on the obsession with coupling up and settling down.
The Bookseller

If you're ready for a slice of exhilarating entertainment to ease the darkness of a year of crisis then feast your reading eyes on this funny, feminist and wonderfully original tale of self-discovery from a fresh new voice in women's fiction.
Lancashire Evening Post

A brilliant read

A fresh, funny read ... there's a satisfying bite behind the satire here.
Wiltshire Living

Witty, compelling and great fun
Surrey Life

A hoot of a novel
Pat Kenny, Newstalk FM

A gripping, eye-opening and clever read that will have you hooked from page one ... witty and heartwarming

Funny, feminist and utterly addictive,... the kind of novel you will race through in one sitting ... Love Island meets Bridget Jones ... original and fresh ... A perfect heart-warming read for this summer.
Press Association

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