If I Can't Have You

Charlotte Levin

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09 July 2020
9781529032390
416 pages
Synopsis

'One of the best books I’ve ever read' Ruth Jones

'This is superb . . . and compulsive and disturbing and very well done indeed' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

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If I Can't Have You by Charlotte Levin is an all-consuming novel about loneliness, obsession and how far we go for the ones we love.


My name is Constance Little.
This is my love story.
But this isn’t the way it was supposed to end.

After fleeing Manchester for London, Constance attempts to put past tragedies behind her and make a fresh start. When she embarks on a relationship with the new doctor at the medical practice where she works, she’s convinced she’s finally found the love and security she craves.

Then he ends it.

But if life has taught her anything, it’s that if you love someone, you should never let them go.

That's why for Constance Little, her obsession is only just beginning . . .

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'An exceptionally raw and visceral and painfully funny novel' Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths

'Brilliant. A perfect and completely terrifying depiction of heartbreak and obsession' Sarah Powell

'A blackly comic but heartfelt story of love and loneliness, with an endearing and damaged heroine' Sunday Mirror

'A darkly comic and beautifully written debut novel’ Woman

‘Blackly comic, heartrendingly sad – a brilliant debut novelBest

'Compulsively readable and darkly funny with pin-sharp characterisation’ Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request

So beautifully written, such a devastatingly compelling story. I can honestly say it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read - it is without shadow of a doubt, EASILY up there with The Girl on the Train and Eleanor Oliphant

Ruth Jones

This is superb. The main character Constance is brilliantly flawed and so compassionately drawn - it’s raw and compulsive and disturbing and very well done indeed

Harriet Tyce, author of Richard & Judy Book Club pick Blood Orange

An exceptionally raw and visceral and painfully funny novel. Charlotte Levin writes so well and so powerfully about loneliness, longing, love and loss that Constance will stay with me for a long time

Emma Flint, Women's Prize longlisted author of Little Deaths