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Surrogate (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 01/04/2021
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'An absolute belter of a page-turner' HEAT
'Kept me reading late into the night' DAILY MAIL
'Clever and compelling. I loved it' JANE SHEMILT

THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A MOTHER'S LOVE...

Ruth Furnival has built the life she always dreamed of: a stellar career in television, a lovely home, a lawyer husband and two grown-up daughters. But at 54, with an empty nest and the menopause behind her, she feels restless and dissatisfied.

After multiple rounds of failed IVF, her elder daughter Lauren is told that the only way she and her husband can have a child of their own is through surrogacy. So when Ruth discovers that, with the right dose of hormones, she could carry their baby, they agree out of desperation.

At first Ruth is buoyed by a new sense of purpose, but as her pregnancy progresses, long-buried events from the past resurface. Meanwhile Lauren can't contain her corrosive envy. Isolated and alone, Ruth starts to unravel and what began as an act of altruism turns into one of atonement - for which she's willing to risk everything.

'A fantastic book club choice...well-researched and compelling' PRIMA

'A gripping read on an under-discussed topic for fans of Apple Tree Yard' COSMOPOLITAN

'A brilliantly structured, fast-paced and addictively compelling read. I loved the ending most of all' RACHEL JOYCE

'Already tipped as one of the most gripping reads of the year' HELLO!

'An absolute "up-all-night" compulsive read' KATE HAMER

'A gripping exploration of femininity and motherhood' BEST

'Moving and exciting and moral - immensely intelligent' TESSA HADLEY

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349013770
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 242 x 160 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Both a thoughtful read exploring mother-daughter relationships, marriage and ageing, and an absolute belter of a page-turner. One to tell all your friends about -- Caroline Robb * Heat *
Full of drama . . . An intimate, equitable debut novel . . . as much about womanhood as it is about motherhood * Guardian *
Dark and twisty -- Natasha Harding * The Sun *
A fantastic book club choice, this will spark debate and discussions aplenty. After multiple rounds of failed IVF, Lauren and her husband feel completely deflated, so when Lauren's 54-year-old mother, Ruth, offers to be a surrogate, it seems perfect. A well-researched and compelling read -- Nina Pottell * Prima *
[A] gripping exploration of femininity and motherhood -- Deirdre O'Brien * Best *
A darkly humorous, thoughtful and thought provoking novel, along with being an absolute "up all night" compulsive read. I loved it * Kate Hamer *
Unsparingly probes to the messy heart of mother/ daughter relationships. Clever and compelling. I loved it * Jane Shemilt *
A brilliantly structured, fast-paced and addictively compelling read. I loved the ending most of all * Rachel Joyce *
Moving and exciting and moral - immensely intelligent * Tessa Hadley *
A visceral and intimate study of the mechanics of womanhood, both physically and emotionally, which will leave you asking questions about yourself and how far love stretches. I especially loved the ending * Araminta Hall *
A fascinating, compulsive and quietly transgressive novel that casts a keen, exacting eye over the dynamics of a family in extremis * Jessica Moor, author of Keeper *
There is nowhere near enough writing out there about how women truly experience the conflicting marvels and challenges of living inside a female body, even less about the menopause. Transgressive and gripping, this book reminds us that we disregard women over fifty at our peril * Gabriel Weston *
A piercingly honest view of the flesh and blood of women's lives and the imperfect tangles of family relationships. These real, believable and maddeningly blind characters make us feel for them more and more as the story gathers pace towards a brilliant heart-stopping conclusion * Maggie Gee *
A gripping read. I found it hard to put down. Addresses issues of self-identity and how it is shaped by our fertility, which as a woman, mother, and author researching and writing about women's fertility and bodies, I found fascinating * Dr Pragya Agarwal *
Compulsively readable, Surrogate takes an interesting look at the complex and sometimes murky world of surrogacy and raises questions about issues to which there are no simple answers -- Mernie Gilmore * Daily Record *

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“WOW!”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy.
This book completely hooked me in, I have given up many hours sleep to read this as it was simply far too good to but down.
You are truly invested in the... More

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“It's amazing how far a mother's love will go”

I read this novel in a day. The story of pregnancy and surrogacy is always something I pick up as I was a midwife in a former life. But it was so much more than a straight forward story of a mother helping her... More

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“Fantastic Read”

I loved this book. It was one of those that draws you in and keeps you page turning when you know you shouldn't as you have other things to do, but it was well worth it. A story that you know could possibly... More

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