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The Rachel Incident

By: Caroline O'Donoghue
Narrated by: Clara Harte
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Summary

The international bestseller: a hilarious, heartfelt story of all-consuming and unexpected love.

'If you've ever been young, you will love The Rachel Incident like I did' - GABRIELLE ZEVIN

'Funny, nostalgic, sexy' - MONICA HEISEY

'Hilarious, wise and wonderfully written' - GRAHAM NORTON

What is the Rachel incident? When Rachel falls in love with her married professor, Dr. Byrne, her best friend James helps her devise a plan to seduce him. But as the plot becomes increasingly complicated, their friendship is tested by impossible choices and a lie that can't be taken back. Chaotic and brilliantly funny, The Rachel Incident perfectly captures the turmoil of young love.

'Sharply witty, warm-hearted and wise.' - GUARDIAN, BEST SUMMER READS

'Deeply relatable and extremely funny.' - OBSERVER

'A headlong read about being young and hopelessly in lust.' - SUNDAY TIMES

'Easily 13/10 . . . Funny, lovely, romantic' - MARIAN KEYES

'A book full of love, and it is extremely easy to love reading it.' – VOGUE

©2023 Caroline O'Donoghue (P)2023 W. F. Howes Ltd
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

Critic reviews

If you've ever been young, you will love The Rachel Incident like I did'—GABRIELLE ZEVIN

'Easily 13/10 ... Funny, lovely, romantic, drenched in nostalgia.'—MARIAN KEYES

'A headlong read about being young and hopelessly in lust.'—SUNDAY TIMES, BEST SUMMER READS

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I enjoyed it from start to finish, but particularly the ending is rewarding and delicious

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Brilliant story, characters and narration

What a find. Absolutely loved the central character, the relationships were beautifully drawn and the depiction of the late noughties hilariously accurate. Such fantastic narration too.

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SO GOOD

Funny, moving, addictive, brilliant! CO’D’s best book yet - can’t recommend enough. Deeply satisfying plot, the time jumps/reminiscence structure executed perfectly- captures so much of that late teens early 20s period

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Really recommend

Interesting storylines and believable, complex and realistically flawed characters. Gripped me from the start, would recommend!

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The relationships in this are golden

It made me laugh out loud and also feel deep connection to the characters- a great listen!

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Really enjoyed it early on, then it felt like it was starting to lose pace and one point I wondered where it was going or if there was any real momentum to the story at all, but it picked up again and I found the ending more satisfying than I had imagined that I could. Narration was spot on. Overall would recommend.

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amazing

couldnt stop listening . really good story and good twists . loved it ..

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Great

Gripping, funny, rude, I couldn’t stop listening - a bit like Contemporary maeve binchy if you liked that as a teen you will love this as an adult

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Absolutely incredible, new favourite

Very-well written and beautiful storytelling. I was absorbed the whole time and couldn’t wait to keep listening. Fully recommend

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Inhaled it. Addictive story. Fantastic performance

First Caroline O’Donoghue book I’ve read but won’t be the last. So so good. Already a big fan of her podcasts and simply adored this.

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