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HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
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Olive: The debut novel that everyone’s talking about for 2020 from the bestselling author Kindle Edition
|Length: 303 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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‘This tale of four young women trying to sort out the dilemmas of motherhood … will bring relief and recognition to many. It’s a lovely book ― thoughtful, searching, funny, and (most importantly) honest’ Elizabeth Gilbert
‘Funny in parts, painful in others, thoughtful throughout, it explores many dilemmas, with characters who feel utterly real’ Sophie Kinsella
‘It'll give a voice to countless women . . . a profound issue wrapped inside an accessible, highly engaging novel’ Marian Keyes
‘Gutsy and refreshing’ HEAT
‘It's warm and charming and yet VERY brave in its honesty about having children and how that impacts female friendships. I suspect a lot of women will feel relieved and seen when they read it’ Holly Bourne
‘Important themes explored by a true champion of women’ Nina Stibbe
‘Thought provoking with a wonderfully relatable hero’ Good Housekeeping
‘So fresh and funny and utterly distinctive . . . I loved it’ Emma Jane Unsworth
‘A delicate, heartbreaking and delicious story that will bring a pang of delightful recognition to every woman who reads it’ Scarlett Curtis
‘A witty, tender portrayal of female friendship under pressure’ Mail on Sunday
‘Honest, relatable, and incredibly real, Olive is going to resonate with an entire generation of young women’ Louise O’Neill
‘In Gannon’s capable hands, women are not so much divided along their disparate lines – but united’ Pandora Sykes
‘Cuts rights to the heart of conversations around women and the stereotypes we either adhere to – or reject’ Cosmopolitan
‘I raced through this brilliant, brilliant book, feeling more thoroughly seen than I have in years. Olive's story is big and bright and beautiful, and holds up a much-needed mirror to society’ Lucy Vine
‘Incredibly warm and loveable, you won’t be able to put Olive down’ Bustle--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
She is also the host of hit podcast series 'Ctrl Alt Delete', the No.1 careers podcast in the UK, which has reached over 5 million downloads, featuring guests such as Ellen Page, Lena Dunham and Elizabeth Gilbert, plus it was the first podcast episode to be recorded inside Buckingham Palace.
Emma is currently working with the Princes Trust and Media Trust charities which helps young people develop their voices in the media. She's recently been involved with other charities including Women For Women International and Plan International's 'Girls Get Equal'.
Emma lives in East London with her fiance. Olive is her debut novel. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B07YCWZ8X6
- Publisher : HarperCollins (23 July 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 641 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 303 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,320 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As other reviewers have said, it’s just bad. The writing is utterly wooden, the characters are completely one dimensional and the dialogue is cringeworthy. There’s no actual plot, no depth, nothing that encourages a connection with any of the characters - including the main character, who is irritating at best.
Such a shame - like another reviewer said, appreciate it takes lots of effort and research, but it’s baffling that this got past multiple editors. If you want to read something thought provoking and worthwhile on women making the choice not to have kids, read Sheila Heti instead.
are lacking in depth. That said, I did finish the novel in two days, so the story is gripping enough.
I read the book in a day which is testament perhaps to how easy a read it is, but also that yes, on some level I did enjoy it.
The sections with the CFBC club contained the best prose and were the only place in the novel where I felt that the reasons for choosing a childfree life were explored with any genuine depth and insight.
I did like Olive and her friends, but hated some of the dialogue. I'm a bit old perhaps, at 39, but much of it felt like a parody of a conversation between teenagers, not 30 somethings with literary careers. I also feel that the ending felt rushed, particularly the relationship with the step daughter which just miraculously blossomed into some close bond in about half an hour.
I'm glad I have read it and it's been food for thought, but wish it had been a little less...light.