The Waterstones Podcast - Expectations

Posted on 13th July 2020 by Mark Skinner

Your chance to hear authors going beyond the book to talk about the themes and ideas that obsess us all.


We all grow up with a sense of the expectations our family or, indeed, wider society might have of us: grow up, get a job, buy a house, get married, have kids, settle down. And yet every single one of those has been challenged by millennial life. Emma Gannon is well-known for her observations on modern working life and in her debut novel, Olive, her eponymous heroine dares to articulate that she doesn't want to have children, only to find that it remains taboo. We spoke with Emma about choosing to be child-free, choosing fiction to express it, and the special bonds of female friendship.

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Warm, thought-provoking and clever, Olive is the debut novel from the bestselling author of Ctrl Alt Delete and The Multi-hyphen Method. Revolving around the eponymous, sympathetic, thirty-something protagonist, this is a story of modern womanhood, expectations and the courage it takes – still – to divert from female stereotypes created by men.

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