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Twelve Months and a Day

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What to expect

People die. Love doesn’t.

‘A bitter-sweet pang in my heart’ Monique Roffey

‘A beautiful book. Insanely romantic and utterly convincing’ Julie Myerson

‘A wonderful and inventive novel, sorrowful and hopeful in equal measure. It was a true pleasure to read’ Miranda Cowley Heller

‘Louisa Young is the great chronicler of romantic love and the pain of its loss’ Linda Grant

‘What a writer… so beautifully earthed in the everyday. Terrific’ Elizabeth Buchan

‘A skilfully calibrated love-after-death tale, it’s a four course feast of hearts broken, hearts mended, of songs, laughter, old regrets and fresh desire, that demands a major film deal’ Patrick Gale

‘A wonderful novel, charming and surprising, filled with loss and its triumphant opposites’ Susie Boyt

Rasmus and Jay, Róisín and Nico – two beautiful, ordinary love stories, cut short by death. Jay and Nico don’t even believe in ghosts, yet they seem to be… still here. Still in love with Rasmus and Roísín. And maddeningly powerless.

Both are incapable of leaving the living alone: Jay plays matchmaker, convinced that Rasmus and Róisín can heal each other; Nico, plagued by jealousy, doesn’t agree.

Rasmus and Róisín are just trying to navigate their newly widowed lives.

But all four of them are thinking the same thing: what is love, after death? What is it for? And what are we to do with it?

Moving and thought-provoking, playful and bittersweet, this is a Truly, Madly, Deeply for our times, showcasing one of Britain’s finest contemporary writers at her very best.

Critics Review

  • ‘A beautiful book. Insanely romantic and utterly convincing’ Julie Myerson

    ‘A wonderful novel, charming and surprising, filled with loss and its triumphant opposites’ Susie Boyt

    ‘A wonderful and inventive novel, sorrowful and hopeful in equal measure. It was a true pleasure to read’ Miranda Cowley Heller

    ‘A skilfully calibrated love-after-death tale, it’s a four course feast of hearts broken, hearts mended, of songs, laughter, old regrets and fresh desire, that demands a major film deal’ Patrick Gale

    ‘A tale of two love stories with a supernatural twist, Twelve Months and a Day is poignant and sad as well as funny and beautifully written and imagined. What if our beloveds lived on as ghosts and watched us grieve, what if they never really leave us, and what if some of these ghosts even meet? You will fall in love again as you read this clever book by a writer who understands grief. Hugely engaging and readable. A bitter-sweet pang in my heart as it ended. A page-turner’ Monique Roffey

    ‘Louisa Young is the great chronicler of romantic love and the pain of its loss’ Linda Grant

    ‘What a writer. A raw and beautiful exposition on grief and loss but so beautifully earthed in the everyday. Terrific’ Elizabeth Buchan

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