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! 


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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.



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