Phoebe Luckhurst

Phoebe Luckhurst is a London-based journalist. She is the Features Editor of the Evening Standard, for whom she also writes features, columns and interviews, and appears regularly on their podcast, The Leader. 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. She joined the Evening Standard in 2013. The Lock In is her first novel.


The Lock In

Phoebe Luckhurst

A David Nicholls for Millennialsi

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

Whilst nursing The Hangover from Hell, Ellen stumbles downstairs to find their kitchen slowly filling with water. Together with her housemates, Ellen launches a desperate attempt to find the fuse box in the attic. Hearing the commotion, Ben, Alexa’s shirtless Hinge date from the night before, comes to investigate. Only for the door to slam, the handle to break – and for all four of them to become trapped.

And so begins the most awkward morning-after-the-night-before…

Following a closely fought five-way auction, Penguin’s Michael Joseph imprint secured the rights to Phoebe Luckhurst’s debut novel in a six figure deal.