Beth O’Leary: The Flatshare
Published By: Quercus Books
Buy It: here
What They Say:
Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…
Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.
But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…
What I Say
I have a little confession to make here, seeing as I am (hopefully) amongst friends. Unlike the other books on the Comedy Women In Print Novel Shortlist, I read and loved The Flatshare when it originally came out.
Rather than re-invent the wheel, and being completely honest with you, I loved writing this review, and although it is a very different style from what I normally do, I am proud of it. I wrote it as soon as I had read it, and every word came straight from the heart. The Flatshare is the sort of novel that makes you believe in love, joy and happiness and heaven knows we need it at the moment..
Tiffy Moore has just dumped an awful boyfriend called Justin.
Tiffy works at a publishing house and Leon is a Palliative care nurse.
Tiffy has a scatty client called Katherin, who is just about to hit the big time with her book about crocheting, and she needs Tiffy just as much as Tiffy needs her.
Tiffy decides to rent half of Leon Twomey’s bed.
Tiffy is at work when Leon isn’t and vice versa.
Tiffy starts to leave post it notes for Leon, little ones at first, longer ones as they start to communicate.
Leon starts to learn about Tiffy from the notes she leaves him, and Tiffy starts to learn about Leon, and they start to cook and look out for each other.
Leon has a brother called Ritchie who is in prison for an armed robbery he says he didn’t do, and is waiting for his uselesss lawyer to speed up his appeal.
Leon nurses a man called Mr Prior who was in love with a man during World War II and before he passes away, Leon wants him to be reunited with the love of his life.
Leon and Tiffy start to edge closer to each other, realising that they are attracted to each other.
Leon and Tiffy go to Brighton to find Mr Prior’s Mr White, Tiffy hurts her ankle and Leon and Tiffy spend the night together… but nothing happens.
Leon and Tiffy return back to their flat, and suddenly everything has changed between them.
Their Flatshare is no longer as uncomplicated as it should have been, as more things happen and other people get involved.
Leon and Tiffy realise that sometimes, you have to take chances and go beyond what you have accepted for so long, to understand you are worth so much more.
Leon has to try to open his heart and life up to the things he has tried to run away from, to finally find the happiness he deserves.
Tiffy has to realise that the man of her dreams is not the one who controls her every move, and that she has to believe in herself to really find the love she deserves.
Leon and Tiffy are relatable, flawed and fully formed characters who will come into your lives and are impossible to forget.
Leon and Tiffy share the novel with their unique voices and viewpoints, and the story moves along at a perfect pace, filled with normal friends like Mo, Gerty and Rachel.
The Flatshare is the novel we all need to read, especially now when we have been dealing with the strangest and most unfathomable times. It is a gorgeous, joyous, unapologetic, heartfelt book that is impossible to put down, and even harder to forget.
The Flatshare is a novel that restores your faith in people and in love and that sometimes it can come when you least expect it.
The Flatshare shows that you can read a romantic, comedic novel that will turn all the cliches on its head, but at the same time it is whip-smart, genuinely funny, and made me wish I had a Leon of my own in my life.
Beth O’ Leary has written a novel that I absolutely loved, cannot stop recommending, and was just what I needed to read.
Tiffy and Leon share a flat.
Tiffy and Leon share a bed.
Tiffy and Leon finally meet.
Tiffy and Leon’s story is The Flatshare.
I am so glad that I met them, and I think you will be too.