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  • The Split

  • By: Laura Kay
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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The Split

By: Laura Kay
Narrated by: Imogen Church
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Summary

A brilliant, heart-warming and intensely funny story of love, heartache, friendship and family. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Beth O'Leary.

Brutally dumped by her girlfriend, Ally is homeless, friendless and jobless...but at least she has Malcolm. Wounded and betrayed, Ally has made off with the one thing she thinks might soothe the pain: Emily's cat.

After a long train journey she arrives home to her dad in Sheffield, ready to fold herself up in her duvet and remain on the sofa for the foreseeable. Her dad has other ideas. A phone call later, and Ally is reunited with her first ever beard and friend of old, Jeremy. He too is broken-hearted and living at home again.

In an inspired effort to hold each other up, the pair decide to sign up for the local half marathon in a bid to impress their exes with their commitment and athleticism.

Given neither of them can run, they enlist the support of athletic, not to mention beautiful Jo. But will she have them running for the hills...or will their ridiculous plan pay off?

Louise Rennison for grown-ups!

©2021 Laura Kay (P)2021 Quercus Editions Limited
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Enjoyable Lesbian Chick Lit

This book is a little gem. The story is very light, not a lot happens, but I looked forward to listening to it every day. It was a pleasure to escape into the day to day lives of the characters and read about them baking and drinking tea and gossiping. The main character is likeable and it was fun to watch her grow. Many of the characters are funny, with a deadpan ironic sense of humour. The relationships and sex scenes all felt realistic. There's not a lot of romance, there's more of an emphasis on friendship and family, but it's still very queer-affirming.

The narrator over-acted a bit at times, but her accents and character voices were great, so it was easy to forgive the occasional melodramatic line delivery. I would be happy to listen to her read something else.

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lgbt slice of British culture

If I could rate this more than a five for performance I could. The narrator does an excellent job with the accents and the characters. Their individual personalities really pop come through. Would recommend to anyone, part of the lgbt community, or not.

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Not hilarious but poignant with plenty of laughs

Laura Kay does a great job and The Split is a great listen, although it does have a slow start. It is worth sticking with the story, which I would describe as poignant rather than "hilarious" as some critics have said. However, there is plenty of humour and many laugh out loud moments to lighten the sometimes difficult subject matter. I really enjoyed the characters, all of them are real people living real lives, and the well written story is made richer by quirky English humour, plenty of irony and pathos, which is refreshing for a lesfic novel. And, the 'icing on the cake', you'll get it if you listen to the whole story, is Imogen Church's narration, which is excellent. Can't wait to find another listen from this author and narrator.

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A great listen

Great characters, extremely relatable and funny! Very much enjoyed this book, will look for more by Laura Kay

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Loved it!!

I really loved this book. It was very easy listening,funny in parts. Didn’t want it to end.

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So relatable

This is a really great story. The narrator does a fantastic job, loved the characters and it made me laugh a lot in places. Loved it.

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Good lesbian chick lit

Very easy to listen to, good narrator. Story was easy and unchallenging, not the kind of book to make you think, but a lovely lazy listen nevertheless.

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laugh out loud funny brilliantly narrated

I was sad this booked ended. Best book of year well done Laura kay on your first book. a real feel good book and very relatable characters.

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relaxing Sunday afternoon listen

Nice and likeable, bit like a Yorkshire brew, just not much happening really, took a little while to warm up.

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Funny and lighthearted with brilliant narration!

This is such a funny and easy listening story. I loved the characters and the fact it's about running but no mention of weightloss.

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