What We’re Reading: Out of Love – Hazel Hayes

This week for What We’re Reading, Marketing Intern Imie Kent-Muller tells us all about the book she is JUST OBSESSED with – Out of Love by Hazel Hayes.  

 

What’s it about?  

The story begins with an ending, telling the usual story of a relationship but in reverseOut of Love looks at the end and slowly brings the unravelled pieces together. Starting with the day the ex-boyfriend collects his belonging, and ending with the day they met, Hayes writes a post mortem on a relationship to explore love, mental health, grief, tragedy and hope.  

 

What did Imie think? 

This story is raw, beautiful and heart wrenching. I think anyone who has had their heart broken will find something they can relate to in this story. I had my highlighter at hand and ended up annotating most of the book in my excitement. I loved this unique take on a novel about love, and I am so excited to read more by Hazel Hayes. The best way to describe it is Normal People meets Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine with a creative flare thrown in. You will laugh, rage, cry and be filled with nostalgia and hope. Truly stunning! 

 

If you liked this, we think you’ll love:  

The First Time Lauren Pailing Died by Alison Rudd

This is another beautiful story of loss and new beginnings, creatively using time to tell the story. If you enjoy intriguing ways of telling a story, beautiful writing and a book that will kick you in the heart then give The First Time Lauren Pailing Died a try.  

Lauren Pailing is a teenager in the eighties, becomes a Londoner in the nineties. And each time she dies, new lives begin for the people who loved her – while Lauren enters a brand new life, too. 

But in each of Lauren’s lives, a man called Peter Stanning disappears. And, in each of her lives, Lauren sets out to find him. 

And so it is that every ending is also a beginning. And so it is that, with each new beginning, Peter Stanning inches closer to finally being found.

 

 

Other Articles

A Place for Everything with Anna Wilson

We are delighted that Anna Wilson is here on the blog to talk about her acclaimed, moving and honest memoir A Place for Everything out 9th July. In this video, Anna discusses the process of writing about her mother and reads an extract from the book. Enjoy!    … Read More

Try rhubarb & custard cupcakes at Katie’s Cornish Kitchen!

To celebrate the publication of Rosie Chambers’ delicious new novel Katie’s Cornish Kitchen, we’re sharing one of the recipes that features in the book! These rhubarb and custard cupcakes are the perfect treat to enjoy whilst losing yourself in this beautiful new Cornish romance.   For the cupcakes you’ll need:… Read More

What We’re Reading: The Story of Silence – Alex Myers

This week for What We’re Reading, Publicity Manager Joe Thomas is sharing with us a book that he has recently finished that he described as ‘a cracking, epic historical fantasy novel’ – The Story of Silence by Alex Myers, which is published on 9th July by Harper Voyager. Read More