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Featuring an exclusive bonus interview between the author, Bea Setton, and her commissioning editor, Alice Youell.

A fresh, wry, piercingly contemporary debut about a young woman who moves to Berlin to escape her demons – and what she finds there. For fans of My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Exciting Times.

In the grip of existential malaise, 25-year-old Daphne moves to Berlin for a fresh start. Far from resolving her quarter-life crisis, things take a turn for the worse.

Because Daphne doesn’t just have to navigate all the archetypal experiences of an outsider in the big city – acquiring friends and lovers, grappling with the language and a whole new way of life.

A series of mysterious and troubling events are in motion – starting with a brick hurled through her bedroom window in the dead of night – and a further unravelling ensues. What is at the heart of these strange events and our troubled heroine? Who is Daphne, really, and what is she running from?

© Bea Setton 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • Scintillating . . . Berlin is wonderfully funny, and Daphne’s observations about modern life, men and the challenges facing young women always hit the nail

  • Uncommonly funny, cinematically vivid, and refreshingly honest about how we deceive others and ourselves.

    Lisa Halliday, author of ASYMMETRY
  • Anyone who’s started over in a new city — let alone a new country — will relate . . . One for Sally Rooney fans

    Sunday Telegraph
  • [An] engagingly self-conscious debut . . . our attention is firmly held by the wry wit of Daphne’s voice, as well as regular hints that she’s something of an unreliable narrator . . . the book’s success lies chiefly in its line by-line charm

  • Setton builds her growing paranoia and sense of dread to terrific effect in this unsettling, compelling read.


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