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The Flatshare

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Summary

The Sunday Times top five best-seller.

One of ELLE UK's Best Audiobooks of 2020.

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 rule book out the window....

This audiobook contains an exclusive interview with author Beth O'Leary and narrator Carrie Hope Fletcher. 

©2019 Beth O'Leary Ltd (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic reviews

"The new Jojo Moyes.... This has all the ingredients of Me Before You." (Cosmopolitan)

"Funny and winning...a Richard Curtis rom-com that also has its feet firmly planted in real life. A real treat." (Stylist)

"In the league of Bridget Jones and Marian Keyes' Walsh sister books...." (Claire Allan)

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Loved it!!!

I needed a lovely story to brighten my life. This was it. Absolutely perfect. Beautiful narration, just perfect as Tiffy and Leon. I usually send my read books to the cloud, but this is staying. I will listen again and again. Can't wait to hear another from Beth.

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Unique, feel good love story!

This book is amazing! I pre-order it after reading about it and it did not disappoint. I loved the premise of the story and seeing it develop was amazing. It’s engaging, with a lot of depth and still has that feel good love story in it despite the dark themes at times.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a interesting London love story which has character, humour and the grit of London living.
Will definitely listen to this audiobook again!

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A new favourite romance

Tiffy needs somewhere cheap to stay. She sees an advertisement for a flat bed share. Leon works night shifts and needs extra money to pay for his brother's lawyer fees. They come up with an arrangement: Tiffy has the flat during the evenings, weekends and nights, Leon during the day. The number one rule of the bed-sharing: don't meet your roommate.

Leon was the sweetest character. He was reserved, almost shy, and only comfortable around a few people he was close to. He works night shifts as a hospice nurse. When we first meet Leon, he is in a relationship with Kay, who subtly seems to put him down, hates Leon talking about his brother (who is in prison for a crime he did not commit) and thinks he's wasting his time trying to track down one of his patients' long-lost love. Needless to say, Leon needs a more supportive, caring girlfriend...

Enter Tiffy! Tiffy works for a DIY craft publisher, a job which pays her poorly yet she absolutely loves. Her love for bright, unusual clothing continues into her own wardrobe and - to Leon's horror at the beginning - their flat. Tiffy was "quirky" without it being over the top; both characters seemed like real, whole, actual people.

Tiffy is also reeling from a recent break up with her ex, who has left her for another woman. The author tackles emotional abuse in relationships so well with Tiffy and Justin's past relationship. How someone can be gaslighted and manipulated and not even realise this is what is happening to them. How the impact of such a relationship can be carried forward in your life long after it has ended. Tiffy's experience is something that sadly happens and the author broached this topic in a sensitive yet empowering way.

In the first half of the book, our main characters don't actually meet. This is something that would usually put me off, yet the tension kept me hooked. Instead, Tiffy and Leon communicate through the use of post-it notes they leave around the flat. This was so cute! Tiffy and Leon's post-it note conversations were endearing and funny.

I have never wanted two characters to end up together so much. They were the perfect balance for each other and - especially after their past relationships - both deserved a kind, loving partner. The build-up of their relationship was tension-heavy and had an amazing pay-off. I honestly don't know how anyone couldn't love these two.

And I also loved the supporting characters! Mo and Gerty, Tiffy's friends from uni, were great. Gerty appeared cold and blunt but was also incredibly loyal. Mo was just a sweetheart. I also loved Richie, Leon's brother, and the side-plot of his wronged imprisonment was engaging; tragic yet hopeful.

Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune did a wonderful portrayal of these characters and their narration added an extra sparkle to the already wonderful story. At the end of the audiobook Carrie also interviews the author which was really interesting.

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feelgood with a bit of depth

I loved the story and the characters. I did not appreciate the sound effects when they were talking on the phone, that made it hard to hear what they were saying.

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Rubbish

One of the worst and most obvious books I have listened to, thank goodness it’s finished, I must of fast forward most of it, not necessary to listen as the outcome was inevitable

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Beautifully written, beautifully narrated

I loved this story so much! The characters felt real and despite the fact that both narrators were reading seperate chapters you still felt so connected to the story. Very enjoyable and the pacing was very nice.

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Cute easy read

Cute fun chick-lit book. The bits about the ex-boyfriend made it stand out from other books in the genre.
Both narrators do a good job; however I did not care for the way the audio was set up during phone conversations

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Really great!

I really enjoyed this book. It is such a nice concept for a book with the way the characters don't meet for the first half. The narrators were wonderful too, which is quite rare. I looked forward to listening to it whenever I could!

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Funny and life affirming

I don’t usually read contemporary romance comedies but as this was recommended to me I gave it a go. It is fabulous. Humorous but natural dialogue and monologue with relationships forming the tension, but with serious issues giving a solid backbone. Well worth a listen as the narrators are top rate.

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amazing

loved it. loved the narrators
bought the book so I can re read it again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-19

Feel good listen

Great narrations. Feel good story with recognisable moments and characters you can identify with! Listen to it! :D

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  • Janne Janssens
  • 09-03-20

so much more than romance

I rarely pick up a book in the romance genre, and now I wonder why. Because. I. Loved. This. Book.
The synopsis gives you the feeling that this book will be cute and fluffy, but it isn't. This book deals with some heavy topics (phsychological abuse) and the author succeeds in carefully handling this topic without making is seem less problematic than it is.
Tiffy and Leon are both very loveable characters. Although Tiffy has been mentally abused and her self-confidence is almost completely gone, she still remains true to herself. She demonstrates this through her exuberant clothing style and she does not let her friends' or colleagues' opinions change this.
The way Leon deals with Tiffy's eccentric personality and her deep emotions is heart warming. Can there be more Leons in this world, please?

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  • LR
  • 04-06-19

Absolutely loved this book!

The performances are absolutely fantastic and draw the reader in from the very beginning. A modern day fairytale.