THE LAST ROMEO (lesson 1 in being an author is you have to only ever write your book title in CAPS – I have no idea why) is published by Little, Brown and I am HELLA excited. Like, seriously.
This is a huge thing for me for about a million different reasons – my emotional state is somewhere in the region of Alexandra Burke’s seconds after she won The X Factor – and I can’t wait for you to read it.
Here is the cover in huuuuuge close-up:
Yes, my favourite Romeo is the one with the backpack and flowers, too.
Feedback from those who’ve read it so far has been really encouraging and I think there’s something for everyone, even if you’re not a regular reader of my work. It’s about life, relationships, social media, celebrity and how all these things come together and influence the way we live now. But don’t take my word for it, here’s the official synopsis:
“James is 34 and fed up. His six-year relationship with Adam has imploded, he hates his job making up celebrity gossip, and his best friend Bella has just announced she’s moving to Russia.
Adrift and single in loved-up London, James needs to break out of his lonely, drunken comfort zone. Encouraged by Bella, he throws himself headlong into online dating, blogging each encounter anonymously as the mysterious Romeo.
After meeting a succession of hot/weird/gross men, James has fans and the validation he’s always craved. But when his wild night with a closeted Olympian goes viral and sends his Twitter-fame through the roof, James realises maybe, in the search for happy-ever-after, some things are better left un-shared.“
Some people have said some very lovely things about it:
‘So funny and sharp, yet tender and emotional too. I loved it!’ Jill Mansell
‘I adored The Last Romeo . . . funny, clever and warm’ Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt
‘Hilarious and insightful, The Last Romeo is the perfect blend of heart, spark and snark’ Isabel Costello, Literary Sofa
‘Predictably wise, beautifully written and enormous fun’ Marina O’Loughlin
‘Warm, witty, wicked and wonderful . . . What an amazing debut’ John Marrs, author of The One
‘Extremely funny, with real heart, depth and resonance’ Daisy Buchanan, author of How to Be a Grown-Up
‘Funny, witty, clever and so much more than just a novel about dating’ Matt Cain, author of The Madonna of Bolton
‘Sex and the City meets Bridget Jones’s Diary in this sharp and pacey queer rom-com gone wrong for the digital age’ Attitude
‘A savagely funny and occasionally poignant journey’ Sarra Manning, Red
‘We can’t remember the last time there was this much buzz in the literary world over a same-sex love story’ Indy100
You can order the UK editions on Amazon at bit.ly/lastromeouk but it’s also available elsewhere, like Waterstones or Book Depository and all that kind of thing. Googling should get you your preferred retailer fairly quickly