Jane is Trying (Hardback)
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Jane is Trying (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 22/07/2021
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Warm-hearted and possessed of a skewed wit which is frequently laugh-out-loud funny, comedian Sutie’s debut novel focuses on the anxieties of modern life and the desperate desire for everything to go perfectly.  

Jane is trying.

She's been trying for a baby, with increasing desperation as her thirties sail by.

Now, she's trying to make a new start back home with her overprotective, charades-obsessed parents - having left her career and cheating fiance behind in London.

And, she's trying to convince herself she didn't leave the front door unlocked, or the gas on. (Jane's not anxious. She just wants to make one hundred percent sure that nothing bad's going to happen to her. EVER.)

With an increasing load on her plate, friends and family who think if she only listens to them she'll have a perfect life, and a brain which questions every decision she's ever made, can Jane conquer her demons and step forward on her own?

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474600019
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'I LOVED Jane Is Trying. It has all the warmth, cleverness, wit and turn of phrase I fell in love with watching Isy performing.' - Aisling Bea

'Jane Is Trying is Isy Suttie's first novel but her voice has the easy, warm confidence of someone whose been at the lark for yonks; slyly funny, gently incisive, compassionate yes but with just enough wicked accuracy about the process of growing up and getting things wrong to make it painfully true.' - Stuart Maconie

'Big-hearted, stacked with empathy, and properly splutter-coffee funny. A book so full of love that there ought to be a huggable version of it. Isy goes from warm-hearted to outrageous so deftly that I think she might have special powers. WHAT a book. How many times can I say 'brilliant'?' - Jason Hazeley

'Sharp, tender, darkly funny and so well observed -- Daisy Buchanan

'Gripping, laugh out loud and heart-warming. Suttie has created a charming world of oddballs (and their even odder parents) I miss them all already! - Sara Pascoe

'A rich comedy about the joy and horror of romance, sex, family life and small towns, Jane Is Trying is one of the most delightful and rewarding first novels I've ever read. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading, laughing or doing both at the same time.' - Sam Bain, co-creator of Peep Show

'Jane is Trying is laugh out loud funny, beautiful and brave. It manages to be true to life and yet so full of funny and outrageous drama, too. This is the kind of book that you wish would never end. I loved it! - Josie Long

'Offbeat, hilarious, tender and vulnerable. I loved it.' - Michelle Thomas, author of My Sh*t Therapist

'I was already a huge fan of Isy Suttie and can confirm I'm now at the raging, crying, teenager-obsessed-with-Harry-Styles level. Jane Is Trying is absolute genius; so clever and funny. I laughed and cried constantly and couldn't put it down. Everyone should read it.' - Lucy Vine

'Very funny and utterly charming. Jane is Trying is tremendous.' - Adam Kay

'A chilling scenario: the move back to your childhood home. Isy explores its perils in her usual manner: 0% pretension, 100% warmth and love. You root for Jane to pull through this pickle, and you root for Isy to write more and more of these.' - im Key

'Gripping. Brilliant. Hilarious. Poetic. Profound. An absolute triumph. Every single line is a thing of beauty.' - Bridget Christie

'This is a very entertaining book but it's a lot more than a comic novel. It has real heart and humanity and goes deep into the anxieties of pregnancy, relationships, home, and (in Jane's case) pretty much every other aspect of life.' - Mark Watson

'A phenomenally funny, thoughtful and, at times, pulverising novel.' - Mike Wozniak

'Isy Suttie writes with a warmth and wit that makes me want to move to the Peak District and open a bookshop.' - Josh Widdicombe

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“A lighthearted tale”

This is the debut novel by comedian and actor Isy Suttie.
“Jane is trying”-
to get pregnant
to forget her cheating fiancé
to conquer her overwhelming anxiety and OCD tendencies
to forge a new future without... More

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