Single Bald Female
'A triumph . . . I laughed and wept. It’s an extraordinary novel and one everyone should read' - Alexandra Potter
'Warm and beautiful novel, heartbreaking yet uplifting, honest and funny . . . I loved it' - Jenny Quintana, bestselling author of The Missing Girl
At thirty-one, Jessica Jackson has it all – the career she’s worked so hard for, the loving boyfriend and a cosy London flat they share with their cat. But a shock diagnosis turns Jess’s world upside down, and her contented life implodes with it.
As Jess juggles her career with chemo, and learns that her perfect boyfriend isn’t quite so perfect after all, her friends’ lives continue to follow the script – the ‘I said yes’ Facebook announcements, the big white weddings and the baby scans. Worrying that she’ll be left behind, she turns to online dating as she figures out what the future holds.
In the midst of it all, she meets Annabel, an enigmatic, enchanting twenty-seven-year-old, with incurable cancer. But while Annabel may be nearing the end of her life, she understands much more about living than anyone Jess has ever met. And Annabel is determined to show Jess how to make every day count . . .
'Tender, funny and insightful. So good on friendship, love and the things that make our fragile lives worth living' - Rebecca Ley, author of For When I'm Gone
'Life-affirming, tearjerking and gorgeously written . . . An extraordinary, hugely moving story about the fight for survival' - Hannah Tovey, bestselling author of The Education of Ivy Edwards
Frank, funny and poignant, Single Bald Female is a completely unforgettable story of love and friendship.
Inspiring, candid and beautifully observed. Single Bald Female is an extraordinary, hugely moving story about the fight for survival. Life-affirming, tear-jerking and gorgeously written, I was sobbing at the end, and you will be too.
Hannah Tovey, bestselling author of The Education of Ivy Edwards
A triumph . . . Laura has taken what is for many our biggest nightmare, and turned it into something uplifting, funny, heartwarming and real. I laughed and wept. It’s an extraordinary novel and one everyone should read.
Alexandra Potter, author of Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up
A warm and beautiful novel, heartbreaking yet uplifting, honest and funny with realistic characters that leap from the page. Laura has written a remarkable and moving debut. I loved it.