The Flatshare: A Novel (Paperback)
Imagine living in the same apartment as someone, but never meeting? That's what life is like for Tiffy and Leon. Tiffy works 9-5 so she isn't in the apartment during the day, Leon works the night shift so he isn't there at night. Sounds like the perfect arrangement for people who are short on cash living in central London. They start leaving each other notes about what day to put out the recycling and what stuff in the fridge is available to use, but then as time goes on the notes get more in depth and intimate. Leon loves writing bad jokes and talking about his brother that is wrongfully in prison and Tiffy talks a lot about her favorite tv shows and what is going on with her abusive ex boyfriend. They get to know each other so deeply without ever having met until one day Tiffy oversleeps and stumbles into Leon getting out of the shower. Oops! Happens! While this book was very funny at times, it was also really heartfelt and I loved every minute of it. Tiffy and Leon were the weirdest couple and I was obsessed with them.— From Kendra's Brilligs
What if your roommate is your soul mate? A joyful, quirky romantic comedy, Beth O'Leary's The Flatshare is a feel-good novel about finding love in the most unexpected of ways.
Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.
After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.
Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He’ll only ever be there when she’s at the office. In fact, they’ll never even have to meet.
Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes – first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more.
But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea…especially if you've never met.
About the Author
Beth O’Leary worked in children's publishing before becoming a full-time author. She is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling novel The Flatshare, which has been translated into more than thirty languages.
“Add this to your summer reading list (and get out your checkbooks, Hollywood): Beth O'Leary’s debut novel The Flatshare is a 21st century rom-com that will please hopeless romantics...Everyone needs to devour immediately."
“O’Leary’s tender, funny debut is a millennial romantic comedy with an old-fashioned twist: You’ll never look at a Post-it the same way again.”
“A delight from start to finish…A warm, enchanting love story perfect for fans of classic rom-coms.”
—Kirkus, starred review
“The Flatshare is a huge, heartwarming triumph.”
—Josie Silver, #1 NYT bestselling author of One Day in December
“The new Jojo Moyes...This has all the ingredients of Me Before You…Seriously funny.”
"This charming debut features lovely characters being nice to one another. It’s easy to root for them to get together and solve the problems in each of their lives. Be prepared to hand-sell this one. It’s a sweet romance that will win over readers once they discover it on the shelves."
—Library Journal, starred review
“The Flatshare is the novel equivalent of a cup of hot tea. It’ll warm you up — and heal you if you’re hurting.”
“The Flatshare is undeniably a romance between Tiffy and Leon; it will give you butterflies, and make you laugh. But it’s also a deep-dive into the realities of relationships gone wrong, and what it truly takes to dig oneself out of the depths… An empowering look at resilience and healthy love.”
“O’Leary's debut is a sweet, quirky novel about two complete opposites falling for one another under the cutest of circumstances...Perfect for fans of Helen Hoang's The Kiss Quotient and Sally Thorne's The Hating Game.”
“I finished The Flatshare in one sitting – it is, as promised, incredibly uplifting and joyous. I spent the last few hours with a massive smile on my face. I have fallen head over heels in love with Tiffy and Leon, and indeed with this book.”
—Louise O’Neill, #1 international bestselling author of Asking For It
“Such fun...A thought-provoking work of fiction. But fun. Definitely fun.”
“We were genuinely tickled by this book; we loved the concept, the writing, the characters. This is such a great book to take on vacation and read in one go with your toes dug into the warm sand.”
—Christina Lauren, Publishers Weekly’s 11 Essential Summer Romance Novels
“This quirky romantic comedy has surprising depth…Colorful storylines, generous-hearted characters, and British banter make this a refreshing novel.”
—Christian Science Monitor
“Clever debut…O’Leary’s story packs plenty of laughs and gasps; fans of Bridget Jones’s Diary will want to give this a look.”
“Its breezy prose and fun plot will have you hooked from the first page.”
—RealSimple.com, 5 Best Summer Beach Reads
"The Flatshare starts out as a sweet, funny, beautifully written romance with great dialogue and characters you'd love to share a flat with...and then, once you're hooked, it deepens and becomes so much more. It's a cheering, lovely look at friendship and love and learning to trust after heartbreak. I never wanted it to end." —Maddie Dawson, bestselling author of Matchmaking for Beginners and The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness
“The Flatshare has a lot of laughable moments, but there’s a great deal of depth, too. It’s also refreshing. …The Flatshare proves [romance is] possible; you just have to get creative. O’Leary’s book is a fun read and a hugely promising debut.”
“Feel-good fiction at its best.”
"Tiffy and Leon will stay in your head long after you turn the final page. This is a gorgeously written, highly original love story that will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced the questionable joys of shared living. I absolutely loved it." —Phoebe Morgan, #1 bestselling author of The Doll House
“In the league of Bridget Jones and Marian Keyes’ Walsh sister books … Fresh, funny and feel-good.”
—Claire Allan, bestselling author of The First Time I Said Goodbye