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The Switch

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781787474994

Price: £12.99

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Leena is too young to feel stuck.
Eileen is too old to start over.
It’s time for The Switch…

After blowing a big presentation at work, Leena takes a two-month sabbatical and escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen . . . A life swap seems the perfect solution.

But with a rabble of unruly OAPs to contend with, as well as the distractingly handsome local schoolteacher, Leena learns that switching lives isn’t straightforward. In London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, and with the online dating scene. But is her perfect match nearer to home than she first thought?

‘If Richard Curtis and Nora Ephron made a story baby’ Zoella Book Club
‘Blissful escapism’ Daily Mail
‘The feel-good read we all need right now’ Stylist
‘Heart-warming’ Bella
This delicious slice of feelgood fiction is a real tonic’ Sunday Mirror
‘Everything you want to lift your spirits’ Good Housekeeping

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Beth has done it again! Warm, witty, and a cast of characters I wish I was friends with - I truly loved it!
Laura Jane Williams, author of Our Stop
A sparkling romantic read with characters that leap off the page. It's another triumph for this talented writer
Woman & Home
A charming, uplifting read
Daily Mirror
A lovely, heart-warming read
blissful escapism from our current isolated reality
Daily Mail
You'll find yourself rooting for the main characters, especially Eileen, the real star of this cheerful novel. A perfect tonic for anxious times
The People
O'Leary does it again! The Switch is a warm, funny and feisty tale of generational location swapping that will have you laughing and tearing up in equal measure. Populated by a cast of characters you'll wish you knew in real life. It's an absolute joy from beginning to end
MIKE GAYLE, author of Half a World Away
Beth O'Leary has absolutely smashed it out of the park with The Switch. Brilliant, warm, funny, full of heart. Completely loved it!
Richard Roper, author of Something to Live For
We laughed, we cried and we loved it!
Fabulous Magazine
Fun, heart-warming and brimming with hope. Eileen and her zest for life will inspire you long after the last page
This delicious slice of feelgood fiction is a real tonic
Sunday Mirror
Emotionally absorbing, witty and bursting with warmth - a treat for fans of Marian Keyes and Jill Mansell
Daily Express
This sparky, upbeat romcom balances riffs on the generation gap with heavier topics including grief and infidelity
Mail on Sunday
Author of The Flatshare, O'Leary brings us another read that feels like a warm hug. Another triumph of a novel
Woman's Weekly
This story has everything you want to lift your spirits: laughs, romance and lovely characters you connect with emotionally
Good Housekeeping
I'm not going to beat around the bush here, I adored The Switch
Daily Record
Eileen Cotton proves you don't have to be in your thirties to be Bridget Jones. A triumph of a second novel
Anstey Harris, author of Richard & Judy Book Club pick THE TRUTHS AND TRIUMPHS OF GRACE ATHERTON
O'Leary's funny, heartwarming novel about finding your true self in unexpected places will bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your face
Daily Mail
Each novel is like if Richard Curtis and Nora Ephron made a story baby
Zoella Book Club
A warm, witty, weepy read
Female First
a lovely comedy with a special message
Sunday Post Dundee
Utterly charming and uplifting, The Switch is bursting with love and warmth and humour. Another wonderful book from Beth O'Leary
Heartwarming and uplifting. Everyone should have an Eileen in their life!
Heidi Swain, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of THE CHRISTMAS WISH LIST
I am blown away. I didn't think Beth could top The Flatshare but she has. It sparkles with wit, warmth and compassion. It deserves to be huge!
Gillian McAllister, bestselling author of The Evidence Against You
The heart-warming story we all need right now
Utterly charming, this uplifting book is guaranteed to be another outstanding success
Hot Brands, Cool Places
An utterly gorgeous, beautiful book, full of feeling ... a heart-warming reminder about the importance of always keeping our hearts (and minds) open.
Lindsey Kelk
ingenious plot