Out of Love

Out of Love

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'I fell in love with this book. The writing was good enough to make me forget I had a phone, put it that way' Aisling Bea

A novel for anyone who has loved and lost, and lived to tell the tale.

As a young woman packs up her ex-boyfriend's belongings and prepares to see him one last time, she wonders where it all went wrong, and whether it was ever right to begin with. Burdened with a broken heart, she asks herself the age-old question . . . is love really worth it?

Out of Love is a bittersweet romance told in reverse. Beginning at the end of a relationship, each chapter takes us further back in time, weaving together an already unravelled tapestry, from tragic break-up to magical first kiss. In this dazzling debut Hazel Hayes performs a post-mortem on love, tenderly but unapologetically exploring every angle, from the heights of joy to the depths of grief, and all the madness and mundanity in between. This is a modern story with the heart of a classic: truthful, tragic and ultimately full of hope.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783528966
  • 9781783528967
  • 701

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'I was angry at myself for how fast I was reading it, knowing that meant it would end faster. It's a unique story about heartbreak and love, yet that's what makes it feel universal' Aisling Bea

'Hazel Hayes writes with such honesty and casual confidence and flowing dialogue, you feel you are overhearing it rather than reading it. The writing sparkles with wit, and a poignant emotional reality. I love it' Matt Haig, bestselling author of How to Stop Time

'A beautiful deconstruction of a relationship that explores not what the ending is, but rather, how something began' Anna Akana, filmmaker and author

'Hazel's book is funny and moving and bleak and hopeful all at the same time . . . Like Bridget Jones and Sylvia Plath setting the world to rights over a supermarket vino' Paul Neafcy, writer and author

'Hazel is a beautifully brazen, headstrong writer who portrays realities with a wonderful wink and wry smile in everything she does' Grace Helbig, comedian and author
'Hazel manages to explore the untangling of a relationship in a way that feels as if you're reading a journal entry. Raw and unfiltered, I found myself relating to even the subtlest details' Estee Lalonde, author and lifestyle vlogger
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About Hazel Hayes

Hazel Hayes is an Irish-born, London-based writer and director who has until now been writing primarily for the screen. Having graduated from Dublin City University with a degree in Journalism, she went on to study creative writing at The Irish Writers' Centre, before finally honing her craft as a screenwriter. Hazel's eight-part horror series, Prank Me, won the award for Excellence in Storytelling at Buffer Festival in Toronto, and her short film, Dementia, received high praise from master of horror, Guillermo del Toro. When asked why she wanted to make the leap from horror to romance, Hazel said she can think of nothing more horrific than love.

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4 25% (1)
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