The History of Us

Jonathan Harvey

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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.

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

Alex Marwood

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