Fiction & Drama
Lisa Rookes on the inspiration behind The Gallows Tree
Do you fondly remember messaging your crush on MSN after school? Miss those shoes that never recovered from the sticky floors of your hometown nightclub? And can’t stand your spare-room housemate after lockdown?
Evening Standard Features Editor Phoebe Luckhurst has spent lockdown working on this summer’s most feel-good read. It was sold just last autumn at a five publisher auction won by by Penguin Michael Joseph, and it’s published today just in time for the holidays.
Get your copy now, pour yourself a gin & tonic and sit back and enjoy the sun whilst it lasts.
And if you need further convincing, here’s what everyone’s been saying:
A David Nicholls for Millennials – i
Entertaining, endearing, and truly unique. Found myself wincing and laughing with familiarity – Emma Gannon, bestselling author of Olive
The year’s most original romcom – ELLE
Hilarious – Evening Standard, ‘Best New Books in 2021’
Such a fun, clever, original and massively entertaining read . . . I love it, you’ll love it – Lindsey Kelk
I loved this book. Brilliantly written and so perceptive on the trials and tribulations of Generation Rent, it’s also screamingly funny, deliciously nostalgic and really just a very fun time. I almost wish they’d stayed locked in for longer – Lauren Bravo
An immensely readable, witty and well-crafted debut . . . a very millennial tale of love, loneliness and friendship ― i
Funny and compelling from page one and so well written. Such a brilliant premise and really well executed. Officially a huge fan of Phoebe Luckhurst! – Lucy Vine, bestselling author of Hot Mess
Loved the concept and characters. . . it’s very funny – Sarra Manning
A funny, joyful hug of a book! A nostalgic, pitch perfect ode to the awkwardness and hilarity of yearning teenage years and house sharing in your twenties – Cressida McLaughlin
One to watch – The Bookseller