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Congratulations to Phoebe Luckhurst, whose debut novel The Lock In has been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. Fellow nominees include Richard Osman’s The Man Who Died, John Boyne’s The Echo Chamber, Marian Keyes’s Again, Rachel and Nina Stibbe’s One Day I Shall Astonish the World, so Phoebe is in very good company!
The Lock In is a sharp, observant debut rom com about three flatmates – and one one-night-stand –who get locked in their attic one hungover Saturday morning. As the hours tick by, secrets spanning decades and an unexpected love triangle come to light in hilarious fashion.
The year’s most original romcom – ELLE
A David Nicholls for Millennials – i
Entertaining, endearing, and truly unique. Found myself wincing and laughing with familiarity – Emma Gannon, bestselling author of Olive
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. – Lauren Bravo
Phoebe Luckhurst is a London-based journalist. She is Senior Commissioning Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine and was previously the Acting Features Editor of the Evening Standard. She has written for the Guardian, Sunday Times Style, ELLE, ES Magazine, Grazia, The Telegraph and Vogue. She was born in London, brought up in Glasgow and read English at Cambridge.
To bring some fizz to your weekend, buy The Lock In from wherever you get your books.