What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Expectation by Anna Hope, read by Vinette Robinson.

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?

EXPECTATION is a novel of the highs and lows of friendship – how it can dip, dive and rise again. It is also about finding your way: as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a rebel. Most of all, it explores that liminal space between expectation and reality, the place – full of dreams, desires and pain – in which we all live our lives.

Critics Review

  • 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

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