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This time tomorrow


Alice Stern isn’t ready to turn forty. She thought she’d have more time to figure it all out. Above all, she thought she’d have more time with her father, Leonard Stern, an eccentric novelist – but he’s lying in a hospital bed and Alice isn’t sure if she’ll hear his voice again. When she falls asleep outside their old apartment on the night before her birthday, she’s surprised to be greeted the next morning by a much younger Leonard, with a sixteenth birthday card for a teenage Alice who, far from clinging to her youth, is hurtling towards adulthood. Alice soon discovers how she got back here, to 1996 and her sixteenth birthday, and realises she can keep on coming, whenever she chooses. But faced each time with different versions of her life, and the consequences of her decisions, it’s on her not to lose sight of what she wants most: some time back with Leonard.

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‘Will make you laugh, cry, and call the people you love. Exceptional’ EMILY HENRY

‘Nostalgic, wise, funny, and filled with love’ GABRIELLE ZEVIN
‘Her most emotionally resonant work yet’ VOGUE
‘Has the makings of a dreamy, witty, contemporary classic’ EVENING STANDARD
‘I just finished and I’m crying at its message and its honestly and its utter beauty’ JODI PICOULT
‘A tender, witty David Nicholls-esque tale of familial love’ i

About to turn forty, Alice feels stuck: She works at the school she attended. Her boyfriend isn’t the man of her dreams. And her beloved father Leonard is dying.

But after one too many drinks, she wakes up in her childhood home to find forty-year-old Leonard celebrating her sixteenth birthday.

Now Alice gets to relive this one day in 1996, over and over. When the slightest change will impact the rest of her life.

Can she fix her life and save her father?

Or will her good intentions only cause harm to those she loves most?

With her celebrated humour, insight, and heart, Emma Straub cleverly turns all the traditional time travel tropes on their head and delivers a different kind of love story – about the lifelong, reverberating relationship between a parent and child.

‘A tender tale of time travel. Straub strips back the layers to reveal what’s important’ STYLIST, ‘BOOK OF THE WEEK’

‘An excellent time-travelling novel about adolescence and second chances from the always brilliant Emma Straub’ METRO

‘Clever, complex and really rather lovely’ BEST

‘Magical, heart-warming and insightful . . . Warm, wryly funny and melancholic’ DAILY EXPRESS

‘This time-travelling take on a hypothetical return to 1996 and the protagonist’s 16th birthday will be enough to remind you to cherish what you have’ ELLE

‘Full of deftly managed plot twists, it’s both fun and poignant’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘Literary sunshine’ New York Times on All Adults Here

‘A gorgeous and witty storyteller’ Liane Moriarty

Deliciously warm and nostalgic’ Gillian McAllister, bestselling author of Wrong Place Wrong Time

‘A master of the domestic ensemble drama’ Time

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Weight 0.22 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 2 cm










1st paperback ed


813.6 (edition:23)


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