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Olive by Emma Gannon


Emma Gannon

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Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 23 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9780008382728

The debut novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author, Emma Gannon. 'Thoughtful, searching, funny, and (most importantly) honest' Elizabeth Gilbert

4 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
24 Jul 2020

"Emma Gannon’s smart debut novel looks at the decision to be childfree"

Sometimes the strains are overdone, as with Olive’s “my time is running out” narrative, which is slightly undermined by the fact that she’s only 32, and has time left to change her mind if she wants to. Elsewhere the repetition of how her friends have let her down can make her, on occasion, appear whiny and self-centred. Ultimately, though, Olive’s predicament feels very real and honest. Her sharp sense of humour and smart social commentary quickly win the reader over.