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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Us Three written and read by Ruth Jones, co-creator of Gavin & Stacey and author of the smash-hit, number one best-selling debut, Never Greener.

Friends forever is a difficult promise to keep....

Meet Lana, Judith and Catrin. Best friends since primary school when they swore an oath on a Curly Wurly wrapper that they would always be there for each other, come what may. 

After the trip of a lifetime, the three girls are closer than ever. But an unexpected turn of events shakes the foundation of their friendship to its core, leaving their future in doubt - there's simply too much to forgive, let alone forget. An innocent childhood promise they once made now seems impossible to keep....

Packed with all the heart and empathy that made Ruth's name as a screenwriter and now author, Us Three is a funny, moving and uplifting novel about life's complications, the power of friendship and how it defines us all. Prepare to meet characters you'll feel you've known all your life.

©2020 Ruth Jones (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Ruth Jones is excellent on human nature and why we make the mistakes we do. I felt for every character. Unputdownable." (Jojo Moyes, best-selling author of Me Before You)

"I love books about gnarly, messy relationships and this one kept me gripped from the beginning. A great read." (Jane Fallon, best-selling author of Tell Me a Secret)

"Easy to read and full of laughter - and truth." (Daily Mail

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Disappointing after Never Greener

Like some other reviewers I can see I am in a small minority but I was SO looking forward to this book and I was disappointed on all levels. I have heard it said that authors should be dissuaded from reading their own works and I believe that if someone else had done the narration the characters might have come alive more, been easier to differentiate. As it was I couldn't get excited about these lives and I kept waiting for the point of the book ... The plot lacked tension and pace. It was more like a biography of three women who didn't do much and maybe that is the point. I suspect that this is a great book (as someone has said) if it talks about your own history growing up in Wales. Otherwise difficult to engage with at least for me.

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Anhygoel! (Amazing)

Diolch Ruth am stori mor hyfryd a chymhellol, yn llawn emosiwn ac eiliadau arbennig am gyfeillgarwch rhyfeddol. Fel merch Gymreig 52 oed, roeddwn ar goll yn yr atgofion hyfryd o dyfu i fyny yng Nghymru'r 80au. Stori eithriadol, lle rydych chi'n cael eich amsugno'n llwyr yn y gorffennol. Thank you Ruth for such a wonderful and compelling story, full of emotion and special moments of remarkable friendship. As a 52 year old Welsh girl, I was completely lost in the wonderful memories of growing up in 80s Wales. a truly exceptional read for all 50 something ladies (and of course all ages) where you can be completely absorbed in the past.

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Just LUSH !!!

I read your first Never Greener and totally enjoyed it . I’ve just finished Us Three it was was just lush ,! Thankyou Ruth xx Highly recommend reading this simple but rollercoaster of a book .. captures life .. humour .. and everything in between of friendship and relationships xx

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Okay

I loved the author’s previous book, but I found this rather bland. Clearly, my opinion is an outlier, given all of the five star reviews. It is very well written and narrated, but it’s just rather predictable and formulaic.

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Brilliant, book! Adored it!

I loved this book and having it read by Ruth brought the well crafted characters to life. Highly recommend!

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Another amazing book

I’m in total awe of Ruth’s writing, I can picture every character perfectly in my head, I loved them all, especially Patricia, and I could see bits of myself and friends in all of them. I found I was trying to ration how long was left, I didn’t want it to end. This would be such a good movie, please please please lol!

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Oh, what's occurin!

Loved the story and loved Ruth's narration even more! Crackin! Looking forward to the next one!

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Meh

I listened to the whole book but it just didn't grab me. There were some funny and sad moments but I found it a bit too long, stretched out and a bit bland.

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Enjoyable read

I was looking forward to Ruth Jones’s second book having enjoyed the first one. I found this an enjoyable read but no where as interesting as the first book. At time I felt it almost veered into chick lit. Brilliantly read.

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Lovely book 😊

A journey of friendship through the highs and lows of life. I really enjoyed meeting these characters.

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Superb

Ruth Jones has the wonderful gift of story telling keeping the Reader immersed in the story and never wanting it to end!