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‘Sweepingly romantic, bursting with character, and so, so clever I gasped out loud’ Gillian McAllister

Beth O’Leary at her very best‘ Lindsey Kelk

‘The kind of book that leaves an impression on your heart’ Holly Miller

‘This book will stop-start your heart with plenty of tears and plenty of laughter’ Lia Louis

The funny, heart-breaking and uplifting new novel from the bestselling author of The Flatshare

Three women. Three dates. One missing man…

8.52 a.m. Siobhan is looking forward to her breakfast date with Joseph. She was surprised when he suggested it – she normally sees him late at night in her hotel room. Breakfast on Valentine’s Day surely means something … so where is he?

2.43 p.m. Miranda’s hoping that a Valentine’s Day lunch with Carter will be the perfect way to celebrate her new job. It’s a fresh start and a sign that her life is falling into place: she’s been dating Carter for five months now and things are getting serious. But why hasn’t he shown up?

6.30 p.m. Joseph Carter agreed to be Jane’s fake boyfriend at an engagement party. They’ve not known each other long but their friendship is fast becoming the brightest part of her new life in Winchester. Joseph promised to save Jane tonight. But he’s not here…

Meet Joseph Carter. That is, if you can find him.

The No-Show is the brilliantly funny, heart-breaking and joyful new novel from Beth O’Leary about dating, and waiting, and the ways love can find us. An utterly extraordinary tearjerker of a book, this is O’Leary’s most ambitious novel yet.

‘It will break your heart in a million different ways’ Louise O’Neill

‘A truly brilliant book’ Lucy Vine

‘Fresh and surprising yet still so distinctly Beth O’Leary’ Caroline Hulse


‘Nobody does it like Beth does’ Laura Jane Williams on The Road Trip

‘So charming, so sweet and so lovely’ Marian Keyes on The Switch

‘O’Leary has a knack for articulating the things we all think and feel in relationships’ Gillian McAllister on The Road Trip

‘This book is perfect’ Rosie Walsh on The Road Trip

‘O’Leary is such a wonderful writer . . . Joyful and uplifting’ Sheila O’Flanagan on The Road Trip

‘Brilliant, warm, funny, full of heart’ Richard Roper on The Switch

‘Heart-warming and uplifting’ Heidi Swain on The Switch

‘An utterly gorgeous, beautiful book, full of feeling’ Lindsey Kelk on The Switch

‘The romcom of the year – a Sleepless in Seattle for the 21st century’ Sunday Express on The Flatshare

‘I devoured The Flatshare. Original, funny and touching. Read it’ Clare Mackintosh on The Flatshare


Sweepingly romantic, bursting with character, and so, so clever I gasped out loud. Many writers make you feel good, but O'Leary also makes you think
Gillian McAllister
This is Beth O'Leary's best book to date - and given her track record, that's really saying something. The No-Show is audaciously clever, full of O'Leary's trademark warmth, and it will break your heart in a million different ways. It's phenomenal
Louise O'Neill
The No-Show is a truly brilliant book. It's clever and so intriguing. I loved the depth, warmth and humanity of the characters, I loved the writing, I loved the twists. I loved how much I thought about this novel when I was away from it and after I finished. It's basically the perfect book
Lucy Vine
Fresh and surprising yet still so distinctly Beth O'Leary, The No-Show is original and moving and cleverly plotted. Readers are going to love this book
Caroline Hulse
A real uplifting gem, utterly heartwarming and a total page turner. Beth weaves her stories together with such charm and grace, I couldn't help but fall in love. The No-Show is Beth O'Leary at her very best
Lindsey Kelk
Beth O'Leary is an expert in beautiful, surprising, and clever storytelling, and this book will stop-start your heart with plenty of tears and plenty of laughter, from start to finish. A dream of a novel
Lia Louis
Even as it taps beautifully into emotions and experiences that feel so universal, The No-Show is fresh, surprising and oh-so clever. It made me laugh, brought me to tears, and kept me reading late into the night. It's the kind of book that leaves an impression on your heart. A truly special read
Holly Miller