Happy All the Time

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What to expect

A ‘jewel of romantic comedy’ (New York Times) from the late great author, adored by Nigella Lawson, Dolly Alderton, Katherine Heiny and Caroline O’Donoghue.

It was just as she suspected: love turned you into perfect mush.

GUIDO is not in the habit of falling in love with women he sees in museums. Until he meets HOLLY. Precise about everything, she knows what she likes: pressed sheets, oranges (but nothing orange-flavoured), tea on a tray – and now, Guido.

Meanwhile VINCENT, Guido’s eternally cheerful best friend and cousin, falls for his misanthropic new colleague, MISTY. She seems as uninterested in love as she is in Vincent (at first).

Through courtship, arguments, wedding plans and other perils, the couples find a way to be happy (almost) all the time.

‘Seriously wise, seriously wonderful, seriously comic – your life will be richer for it’ Katherine Heiny

‘Uplifting, funny, generous. One of the most comforting, clever novels I know’ Samantha Ellis

‘Human and humorous, full of wisdom and love’ Emma Straub

Critics Review

  • A jewel of romantic comedy

    New York Times
  • Uplifting, funny, generous and perspicacious (especially about love), Happy all the Time is one of the most comforting, clever novels I know.

    Samantha Ellis
  • Delicious with much wit … author and reader have the greatest fun

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Rare and charming … refreshingly soothing

    Company
  • Laurie Colwin was the best kind of master: human and humorous, full of wisdom and love. When am I happy all the time? When I have a stack of Laurie Colwin books beside me

    Emma Straub
  • Shimmering … funny… it made everything in my life seem a whole lot better

    Cosmopolitan

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