Lily King is the author of The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, Father of the Rain and Euphoria. Euphoria was a New York Times bestseller and won the Kirkus Prize and the New England Book Award for Fiction. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. King is also the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and has twice won both the Maine Fiction Award and the New England Book Award. She lives with her husband and children in Maine, USA.
Romance, humour, a touch of tragedy, Writers & Lovers has what you want from a good, involving read -- <i>The Times</i>, Best fiction books of the year 2020 Dangerously romantic, bold and fearless enough to imagine the possibility of unbounded happiness . . . this story of a grieving, struggling writer torn between two suitors delivers such pure joy that there may be no surer antidote to 2020's woes. -- <i>Washington Post</i>, Best Books of 2020 Smart, funny . . . somehow combining a crowd-pleasing literary romcom with a portrait of devastating grief. I loved its beautiful writing and light, intelligent handling of human fragility. -- Clare Carlisle, <i>TLS </i>Books of the Year A wry and funny account of a thirtysomething's struggles to become a novelist that deliciously sends up puffed-up male writerly egos along its way * Sunday Times * Wise, witty and generous-spirited . . . She's brilliant on the trials and tribulations of restaurant workers and the struggles of aspiring writers, complete with rejection letters and constant doubt that their novels are any good * Independent.co.uk * This book!!! I beg you to read it, I love it madly! It's touching and clever and the main character is so loveable! -- Marian Keyes King's writing is spirited, clever and funny, and her novel is better than most others you'll read this year. * Evening Standard * Smart, funny and a breeze to read * Metro * Puzzling and beautiful . . . Reading the book feels like waiting for clouds to break - a kind of gorgeous agony * Guardian * Infused with tenderness and wry wit in equal measure, Writers & Lovers is King's best book yet. * Irish Times * If you like smart, acerbic but ultimately life-affirming fiction, you'll love it * Stylist * Witty and affecting, Writers & Lovers explores where grit can get you, even when everything appears to be falling apart. * i newspaper * A smart, witty book * Daily Mirror * Romantic and funny, this smart, witty book takes a wonderfully life-affirming look at love, literature and second chances. * Daily Express * A vivid, funny and altogether real look at what living a creative life means for a woman * Elle Magazine (USA) * Writers & Lovers stole my heart from its first pages. I am in love with this book. In. Love. This deep dive of a novel will stay with me forever -- Elin Hilderbrand<b>,</b> author of <i>Summer of '69</i> Lily King writes masterfully about desire and loss, creativity and inspiration, and how each overlaps and influences the other -- Christina Baker Kline, author of <i>A Peace of the World</i> Intimate and vulnerable . . . Lily King's novel follows a deeply relatable protagonist navigating a whole menu of crises surrounded by a cast of genuine, vivid characters . . . The book occupies a small space, but packs it to the brim with humanity. * Entertainment Weekly * This novel will become a defining classic for struggling young writers. * Vulture * A comic and compassionate novel . . . With wit and what reads like deep insider wisdom, Ms. King captures the chronic low-level panic of taking a leap into the artsy unknown and finding yourself adrift, without land or rescue in sight. -- Maureen Corrigan * Wall Street Journal * A knowing look at the pursuit of a life in the arts, with a protagonist you'll root for. * Marie Claire * King has created . . . someone akin to Sally Rooney's Frances in Conversations with Friends . . . The novel is a meditation on trying itself: to stay alive, to love, to care. That point feels so fresh, so powerfully diametrically opposed to the readily available cynicism we've been feasting on . . . King wants us to keep trying, through whatever means necessary, to beat the odds. * Boston Globe * This smooth, deliberate chronicle of creation keeps the men in their place and Casey firmly rooted at the center of her own story. Instead of casting her as a woman torn between archetypes of male creativity, Writers & Lovers portrays her as a woman in thrall to her own generative processes, a devotee to the art of (her own) attention . . . a classic bildungsroman for struggling artists everywhere. * Los Angeles Times * Gorgeous -- Elizabeth Strout, author of <i>My Name is Lucy Barton</i> Unflinching and ultimately buoyant in its depiction of the courage and grit required to stay creative, this is essential reading for any aspiring author * Mail on Sunday * My favourite of Lily King's books so far. Exuberant and affirming, it's funny and immensely clever, emotionally rare and strong. I feel bereft now I've finished -- Tessa Hadley, author of<i> Late in The Day</i> Delightful . . . warm, funny and sharply observed . . . an affecting, uplifting exploration of the risks and rewards of opening up * Daily Mail * I loved this book from the first paragraph . . . honest and riveting and insightful about creativity and life. -- Curtis Sittenfeld A novel with the broad embrace of a 1990s Richard Curtis film . . . There's romance, there's a moral journey and there are characters with amusing foibles. What's more, the gags are impeccable. It's a story sweetly poised between hard truths and hilarity, in which the heroine discovers she has what it takes to not only endure but prevail. And that's a message we all need in these difficult times. * Sunday Times * A wry and perceptive coming-of-age story -- Hannah Beckerman * Observer * Writers & Lovers made me happy . . . suffused with hopefulness and kindness. Lily King writes with a great generosity of spirit. -- Ann Patchett Exquisite . . . a warm and bouyant romance -- Book of the Week * Sunday Telegraph * Lily King is one of our great literary treasures and Writers & Lovers is suffused with her brilliance. It is captivating, potent, incisive, and wise, a moving story of grief, and recovering from grief, and of a young woman finding her courage for life -- Madeline Miller, author of <i>Circe</i>