Talking at Night (Paperback)
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Talking at Night (Paperback)

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Published: 06/06/2024
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Waterstones Says

A gorgeous novel that effortlessly nails the both the exhilarating rush and trepidation of first love, Daverley's debut charts the burgeoning romance between Will and Rosie.

Will and Rosie meet as teenagers.

They're opposites in every way. She overthinks everything; he is her twin brother's wild and unpredictable friend. But over secret walks home and late-night phone calls, they become closer - destined to be one another's great love story.
Until, one day, tragedy strikes, and their future together is shattered.
But as the years roll on, Will and Rosie can't help but find their way back to each other. Time and again, they come close to rekindling what might have been.
What do you do when the one person you should forget is the one you just can't let go?

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781405953849
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 288 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 26 mm


A beautifully observed, tender love story with characters you really care about...a bit like Normal People. I devoured it - JOJO MOYES

Stunning, tender and true - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING SUMMER READING

With shades of Sally Rooney, this is a lyrical, tender love story - Good Housekeeping, 'The books we're looking forward to in 2023'

Deeply romantic . . . Reminded me of just how all-consuming and transformative first love can be. The more I read, the more I was completely immersed in the story of Rosie and Will and how life, and tragedy, conspire to keep them apart - LAURA BARNETT, author of THE VERSIONS OF US

A passionate, page-turning debut - Daily Mail

Quietly devastating, entirely beautiful, bruising and hopeful. In a world of compromise, Claire Daverley has created a perfect thing. Talking at Night takes its place amongst my all time favourites. I implore you to read it. I'll never forget it - CHRIS WHITAKER, author of WE BEGIN AT THE END

Talking at Night is a masterful and authentic depiction of true love in all its messy, complicated and gut-wrenching glory. Will and Rosie are the perfect, imperfect star-crossed lovers - their story had me enthralled from the start - RUTH HOGAN, author of THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS

Spellbinding, beautiful, lyrical and tender, Talking at Night is a dazzling debut. I loved every word and was left longing for more - ROSIE WALSH, bestselling author of THE MAN WHO DIDN'T CALL

A stunning debut about the complicated nature of love. Like the very best of Sally Rooney with added lashings of heart - I loved it. Claire Daverley has become an automatic must-read for me. A captivating, nuanced and beautiful debut. - ISABELLE BROOM

So incredibly beautiful - HARRIET EVANS

This exquisitely woven tale of friendship, tragedy and modern romance captures readers right from its opening passages. Captivating . . . Reminiscent of David Nicholls' wonderful One Day. Enchanting. One of the book's real strengths is the beautiful, understated quality of Daverley's writing. Her prose shines and she nails every detail of this spellbinding love story without ever resorting to melodrama. Fans of Sally Rooney's Normal People will absolutely adore this tender, utterly charming and heart-wrenching tale - The Scots Magazine

Included in 'Best Romantic Summer Reads' - INDEPENDENT

The story of Will and Rosie is a classic love story in every sense, and yet, in Claire Daverley's hands, it felt entirely new. The characters are completely alive from the very first page, and how I rooted for them! Talking at Night could be titled Reading at Night, because I was awake through the night, turning these pages - MARY BETH KEANE, author of ASK AGAIN, YES

Writing that is laced with the quiet devastation of Sally Rooney. One of the very best literary love stories I've read. Utterly spellbinding - JULIE OWEN MOYLAN, author of THAT GREEN EYED GIRL

A classic will-they-won't-they in the vein of David Nicholls, this novel is impossible to put down. A story of secret night meetings and calls, sunrises and bonfires, quiet moments and heartbreaking missed opportunities. Impeccable dialogue and wonderful characters that will stay with you for a long time - CONSTANZA CASATI, author of CLYTEMNESTRA

This book kept me up all night! It's everything I want from a love story, the will they won't they, the romance, but also, there is the truthfulness of reality woven into it. This isn't just escapism, it is also full of heartbreak and human failings and mistakes. I loved it - KATE SAWYER

I absolutely adored Talking at Night - it should be on everyone's must-read list. Beautiful, poignant and heart-wrenching - CARLEY FORTUNE, author of EVERY SUMMER AFTER

Talking at Night is a love story, certainly, but it's much more than that. I was rapt. I highly recommend this wonderful novel - ANN NAPOLITANO, author of DEAR EDWARD

[A] poignant debut is a haunting story of true love on a collision course with the random accidents of fate - Daily Mail

If this isn't on your radar it should be. The chemistry. The longing. The gorgeous prose. An utterly captivating love story. Books like this don't come along often. Pre-order it now and thank me later - CARON MCKINLAY, author of THE STORYTELLERS

An achingly beautiful novel about the people who change us irrevocably. This novel will consume you - JILL SANTOPOLO, bestselling author of THE LIGHT WE LOST

Talking at Night is a transcendent marvel. Daverley's debut is aching and tender. . . the lush, complex characters reminded me of Sally Rooney's work. - AMANDA EYRE WARD, bestselling author of THE JETSETTERS

A beautifully written tale of the messily imperfect course that love takes - MIKE GAYLE

Clever, beautiful and romantic. An absolute gem - RACHEL MARKS, author of HELLO, STRANGER

Evocative, intoxicating and basically impossible to put down. Like Normal People, it's a love story which feels so achingly real that you miss the characters when you stop reading - BOBBY PALMER, author of ISAAC AND THE EGG

I absolutely loved this book and I'm so jealous of everyone who's getting to read it for the first time. A summer read for the die-hard romantics. The characters in this book feel so real that you'll cry tears right alongside them. It's a 10/10 from me - 17 Degrees

This book is so gorgeously harrowing and romantic - CATHERINE NEWMAN

A delicious treat. Prepare yourself to sink into this one, to be torn between reading fast and slow. - LOTTIE HAZELL

Moving and beautifully told...gave me One Day vibes - LIBBY PAGE

If you love really gentle, beautiful and very cleverly written love stories, then this is the book for you

Tender and true, this is a stunning debut with lyrical and emotional writing that reminded me at times of Sally Rooney - Good Housekeeping, Best books to take on holiday 2024

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Chloe Barnfield

“Practically perfect in every way.”

This book!

I cannot remember the last time I fell in love with a book so effortlessly and so quickly. From the very first chapter, I was hooked.

Full of love, hope, heartbreak and breathtaking moments of... More

Hardback edition
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“An all-consuming story of love.”

This is, at its heart, a beautiful debut and an all-consuming study of love.
It is clear how and why Talking at Night has garnered comparisons to the works of Sally Rooney - the prose is natural and honest, and... More

Hardback edition
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“A stunningly written love story”

Tender, touching, heart-rending and with characters that truly live and breathe on the page, this wonderful debut is beautifully written. Daverley is an author to watch - definitely destined for big things.

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