The History of Us

Jonathan Harvey

08 September 2016
400 pages


Filled with Jonathan Harvey's trademark wit, warmth and outrageous humour, The History of Us is a novel about friendship and secrets, the choices we make and the consequences we face.

'I knew Jonathan Harvey could make me laugh. I didn't expect him to make me cry too' – Jojo Moye, author of Me Before You

Liverpool 1985
Kathleen, Adam and Jocelyn are three teenage friends who bond over an unconventional nativity play. They all have ambitions, they all have dreams. Adam wants to be a writer, Jocelyn wants to sing and Kathleen – well, she wants to be an embalmer.

London 2015
Kathleen is a borderline alcoholic, Adam is holding on to a shocking secret and Jocelyn is dead. Where did it all go wrong? How did having the world at their feet turn into having the weight of it on their shoulders?

Harvey is a constant pleasure: a serious comic writer whose books shine a light on our common humanity
Full of Harvey's wit, warmth, humour and love of the Scouse accent, this is a story of friendships, secrets and the consequences of the bad choices we make
Another absolute delight from the master of the wicked one-liner