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Talking at Night: 'A beautifully observed, tender love story. A bit like Normal People. I devoured it' JOJO MOYES

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why was will's story unfinished... she focused entirely too much on rosie- the blandest of them all. i thought there was a reason as to why he didn't wanna attend university- like something wrong with his heart because that was literally how the story was going but she forgot about it and moved on like what... so many plot holes in this shit. Evocative, intoxicating and basically impossible to put down. Like Normal People, it’s a love story which feels so achingly real that you miss the characters when you stop reading.' Bobby Palmer

British author Daverley follows a young man and woman through decades of their lives as they experience love, tragedy, and heartache. A beautifully observed, tender, grown up love story with characters you really care about.’ Jojo Moyes Like the very best of Sally Rooney with added lashings of heart - I loved it. A captivating, nuanced and beautiful debut' ISABELLE BROOM

Evocative, intoxicating and basically impossible to put down' BOBBY PALMER, bestselling author of ISAAC AND THE EGG I had several finished novels, in the drawer. And I had no choice but to keep going; I loved it, it was a compulsion, and just finishing something didn’t seem to be getting me any closer to publication. I think a lot of published writers assume aspiring writers like the idea of being writers, but perhaps aren’t actually grafting and getting the words down. But I was, so the advice to ‘just write’ was always radically unhelpful, because it made me feel as though what I was doing wasn’t enough. This beautifully written book begins in a small town in the 1990s and is split into three parts entitled ‘before’, ‘after’, and ‘long after’ (as the book unravels we learn the reasons behind these headings). It follows our couple’s complicated relationship over the next several decades, as they both attempt to navigate the challenges familiar to all of us, from parental expectations to the complexities of family dynamics, love, loss and grief. An achingly beautiful novel about the people who change us irrevocably. This novel will consume you." - Jill Santopolo

This book is the kind of story that will always call to me: achingly beautiful in its angst, filled with ups and downs between characters, and exploring the normalcy and oddity of life. It's so beautifully written. This story was truly heart wrenching and I felt every single emotion through Rosie and Will. I think the only way to truly capture how special this book is, is to tell you all of the things I loved about it. Deeply romantic . . . Reminded me of just how all-consuming and transformative first love can be. The more I read, the more I was completely immersed in the story of Rosie and Will and how life, and tragedy, conspire to keep them apart." - Laura BarnettI sometimes felt like the writing kept me at arm’s length-the same way that Rosie kept Will at arm’s length while she tried to do what the felt was right…

Talking at Night is a powerful and tender love story that will leave readers experiencing a range of emotions. The chemistry between Will and Rosie is undeniable, and their secret walks and late-night phone calls serve as reminders of the intense connection that can form between two people. The heart-wrenching tragedy they face haunts and connects them throughout the years. Talking at Night is a love story, certainly, but it’s much more than that. I was rapt. I highly recommend this wonderful novel.' Ann Napolitano Spellbinding, beautiful, lyrical and tender, Talking at Night is a dazzling debut. I loved every word and was left longing for more." - Rosie Walsh

With shades of Sally Rooney, this is a lyrical, tender love story about two people, Will and Rosie, who meet as teenagers and seemed destined to be together until tragedy strikes.' Good Housekeeping A classic will-they-won't-they in the vein of David Nicholls, this novel is impossible to put down' CONSTANZA CASATI, author of CLYTEMNESTRA However, even I, one of the five people who likes a good miscommunication trope, had my patience tested. At times, the stagnancy, misjudgements, and omissions felt overdone for plot convenience, and there’s only so much suspension of disbelief you can ask of me. This book is about Rosie and Will, the practical girl and the bad boy and how they fall for each other, but shouldn’t, can’t, etc. something happens on Will’s birthday, and it shapes their lives forever. A beautifully observed, tender love story with characters you really care about…a bit like Normal People. I devoured it.” ―Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of Someone Else’s Shoes

Have your tissues handy for Talking at Night. . .a raw, extraordinary novel in which every scene aches with emotion.” What were the best – and worst! – pieces of advice you were given as you embarked on writing your novel? The story of Will and Rosie is one of missed opportunities and the different paths we choose that lead us to self-discovery. Daverley's writing is poignant and emotional, capturing the raw intensity of young love and the longing that accompanies missed chances. One thing I wanted to establish right off the bat: this is one of those books that is hard to place into any one genre, since it’s technically a mix of several, however I would strongly caution against classifying it as a typical “romance” novel. Sure, there’s a “love story” at the core of this one, with a main “couple” that it’s pretty much impossible NOT to root for (more on this later), but there is actually so much more to the story than that. This is a story with a tremendous amount of emotional depth and nuance, told in a way that is raw, honest, heartfelt, and realistic. Besides the romantic angst, Talking at Night also discusses what often plagues us in our daily life: grief, insecurities, people-pleasing tendencies, self-doubt, and mental health. It's not a firework of a novel that will make you realise something you didn’t already know or provide you with lighthearted escapism. It’s very much grounded in reality, and I loved it for that.Is the character of Rosie based on herself? ‘Everybody asks that of an author’s debut, but while my emotional fingerprints are all over her – like the fact we both went to Oxford University and her sense of perfectionism – she’s entirely fictional. In fact, I think the way she lives her life, always trying to do the right thing by everybody and not always herself, is very relatable to most women.’ I absolutely adored Talking at Night - it should be on everyone's must-read list. Beautiful, poignant and heart-wrenching." - Carley Fortune This goes to show that no failed book is ever a waste of time – I do believe that without those previous projects, I’d never have met my agent in the first place – and they all led me to landing the right agent for me! Ariella is truly the perfect gatekeeper for my writing, the right mix of strategic edge, editorial eye and gut instinct. Plus she truly loved Will and Rosie, and the excitement in her voice over the phone that day told me all I needed to know! I couldn’t have written Talking at Night without all the projects that came before it. Every word and every rejection letter was worth it. I didn’t love this book. I felt myself rolling my eyes at choices these characters made. I also felt like Rosie kept Will around just in case, and he held a torch for her. Their relationship wasn’t healthy. And Rosie marrying a man because he was helping fill a brother shaped hole in her heart was weird. Will was a jerk of a character. He was upset that Rosie married someone else and he disliked the guy, so he treated a perfectly nice person like crap initially. I also hated that there were no quotation marks. I should have listened to this one on audio. Can you tell us a bit about how you found your agent, Ariella Feiner? What have you found to be the most rewarding, and most challenging, aspects of getting your novel published?

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