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Pretending: The brilliant adult novel from Holly Bourne. Why be yourself when you can be perfect?


By (author): Holly Bourne


**As featured on The High Low podcast**

'MAGNIFICENT. Brutally honest and righteously angry but still HUGELY enjoyable and engaging. I bow down!' Marian Keyes

'A thoughtful, intelligent, urgent novel women need to read.' Dolly Alderton

The highly-anticipated new novel from Holly Bourne, bestselling author of HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?

He said he was looking for a 'partner in crime' which everyone knows is shorthand for 'a woman who isn't real'.

April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal - yet she can't seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she's found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry.

If only April could be more like Gretel.

Gretel is exactly what men want - she's a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems.

The problem is, Gretel isn't real. And April is now claiming to be her.

As soon as April starts 'being' Gretel, dating becomes much more fun - especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua.

Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending?


'Honest and unflinching' Stylist

'Funny, touching and painfully true' Grazia

'Relatable for any woman navigating emotional time bombs' Red

'Bourne incinerates the lies we're all capable of telling ourselves' Emerald Street

'Funny, real and heartbreaking' Lucy Vine

'Funny, sad, honest, insightful, up-to-the-minute' Roisin Meaney

'Smart, witty and perceptive. Razor-sharp on friendship, self-image and self-deception' Lucy Diamond
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Product Details
  • Weight: 313g
  • Dimensions: 126 x 196mm
  • Publication Date: 19 Aug 2021
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication City/Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • ISBN13: 9781473668171

About Holly Bourne

Holly started her writing career as a news journalist where she was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor a relationship advisor and general 'agony aunt' for a youth charity - helping young people with their relationships and mental health. Inspired by what she saw she started writing teen fiction including the best-selling award-winning 'Spinster Club' series which helps educate teenagers about feminism. When she turned thirty Holly wrote her first adult novel examining the intensified pressures on women once they hit that landmark.Alongside her writing Holly has a keen interest in women's rights and is an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health problems. She's helped create online apps that teach young people about sexual consent and is an ambassador for Women's Aid.

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