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The Couple: The must-read romcom with a difference

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title The Couple: The must-read romcom with a difference
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Helly Acton
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 198,Width 129
Category/GenreModern and contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Self-help and personal development
ISBN/Barcode 9781838773861

Publishing Details

Publisher Zaffre
Imprint Zaffre
Publication Date 3 February 2022
Publication Country United Kingdom


'Genius, funny and thought-provoking. 5 stars' - Carrie Hope Fletcher 'A romcom with a difference' - Sarra Manning 'Funny and clever. I loved every single line' - Lucy Vine 'So clever. I loved it' - Sophie Cousens 'A fresh, funny, razor-sharp take on society's views of relationships. It's feminist, it's provocative and a total joy to read' - Hannah Tovey Millie is a perfectionist. She's happy, she's successful and, with a great support network of friends and family (and a very grumpy cat), she's never lonely. She loves working at a big tech firm and is on track be promoted to her dream role. The last thing she needs is romance messing up her perfectly organised world. Besides, normal people just don't have romantic relationships. Everyone knows that being in a couple is a bit . . . well, odd. You know, like having a pet snake or referring to yourself in the third person. Why rely on another person for your own happiness? Why risk the humiliation of unrequited love or the agony of a break-up? No, Millie is more than happy with her conventional single life. So, when Millie lands a new project at work, launching a pill that prevents you falling in love, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. That is, until she starts working with Ben. He's charming and funny, and Millie feels an instant connection to him. Will Millie sacrifice everything she believes in for love?

Author Biography

Helly Acton is a copywriter from London with past lives in Zimbabwe, the Middle East and Australia. She studied Law at King's College London before following a more creative path into advertising. At 26, Helly took a career break to travel in Africa and Asia, before landing in Sydney. Six years and one life-affirming break up later, she returned home and threw herself into online dating in the city. Helly uses this experience as a single woman in her early thirties - torn between settling down and savouring her independence - as a source of inspiration. Helly currently lives in Berkshire with her husband, Chris, their little boy, Arlo, and their little dog, Milo. Sometimes, she gets their names mixed up.