If I Can't Have You

Charlotte Levin

04 February 2021
416 pages


'I implore you to read (or listen to) it. It's so many things - dark, sweet, odd, moving, credible, tender, beautifully written & at times funny' - Marian Keyes, author of Again, Rachel

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


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.

After fleeing Manchester for London, Constance Little 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 . . .


'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 novel’ – Best

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

I IMPLORE you to read (or listen to) it. It's SO many things - dark, sweet, odd, moving, credible, tender, BEAUTIFULLY written & at times funny
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
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