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The moving and life-affirming bestseller, perfect for anyone who loves unforgettable stories

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION AND A RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK

'I absolutely loved Because of You. Fantastic, passionate, compassionate, so much wisdom, a lot of humour, very real and credible' BERNARDINE EVARISTO, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

'Gorgeous . . . wise and full of love' MARIAN KEYES
__________

Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . . midnight.

As the old millennium turns into the new, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.

Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl.
Anna leaves with empty arms.

Seventeen years later, the truth of that night starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.

A reckoning is coming. Lives will collide.


And mother-love will be tested . . .

Because Of You is Dawn French's stunning new novel, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.
__________

'An extraordinary book - sad, heartening, gripping and reassuringly human' 
JO BRAND

'The final scenes are so perfectly executed they almost broke my heart. Because of You is a story to cherish' Sunday Times

'French manages to pick your heart up with the nib of her pen and slowly pull it apart, heart-wrenchingly, page by page . . . A true writing talent' My Weekly

'Dawn French is a wonderful writer' Daily Mail

'Moving . . . French's best yet' Good Housekeeping

'Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on' Guardian

 
 

Review

I absolutely loved Because of You. Fantastic, passionate, compassionate, so much wisdom, a lot of humour, very real and credible -- BERNARDINE EVARISTO, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

Gorgeous . . . wise and sad and full of love - Marian Keyes

An extraordinary book - sad, heartening, gripping and reassuringly human -- Jo Brand

Incredible - Russell Brand

Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on - Guardian

Harrowing but uplifting . . . It is a book about mistakes, regret, forgiveness and unconditional love - Daily Mirror

Fans who have waited five long years for French's fourth novel won't be disappointed: Because Of You is a book with a beating heart, a story told with warmth and verve - Daily Express

Moving . . . French's best yet - Good Housekeeping

The final scenes are so perfectly executed they almost broke my heart. Because of You is a story to cherish - Sunday Express

Told with French's unfailing wit and warmth, Because Of You is the tale of family bonds and the mother-daughter relationships that ultimately make us who we are - Independent

Brilliant . . . a moving read that will stay with you long after you've finished the last page - Closer

A fantastic page-turner - Mail on Sunday

Beautifully observed - The Times

Wise and poignant, Because of You is a story about mothers and daughter, love and loss, mistakes and regrets, and family bonds - Eastern Daily Press

A must-read story told with compassion and heart - Sunday Express

French always writes so melodically about the truth of human nature . . . French manages to pick your heart up with the nib of her pen and slowly pull it apart, heart-wrenchingly, page by page . . . A true writing talent - My Weekly

An emotionally charged story - and a heartbreaking twist at the end - Hello!

A warmly told story about the bond between mothers and daughters - Evening Standard

Warm, witty and wise . . . I raced through - Daily Mail

A powerful and emotional book - Good Housekeeping

A bright, brilliant and heartbreaking tale of two mothers, two babies and the far-reaching consequences of one fateful day - Yahoo! Style

A beautifully powerful story about mothers, family and sacrifice - Sun

An uplifting story about mothers and daughters and familial relationships, in which two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters on the same night - Woman & Home

Arresting page-turner - Best

A novel her fans are sure to love - Woman's Weekly

A story of love, identity and belonging - i

Heartbreaking and humorous in equal measures - Boundless

A bouncy, comedy drama. Funny, poignant and bursting with joie de vivre - Daily Mail

A thought-provoking read . . . shows the true extent of motherly love - Publishers Association

Dawn French moves between the aftermath of that fateful night and 18 years later, when the explosive impact of Hope's actions is finally felt - Daily Express

A heartfelt story, handled so carefully and empathetically -- Aisling Bea

Because Of You is a tale told with warmth by a storyteller who never takes herself too seriously - Sunday Express

Heartbreaking but redemptive, and lightened by French's trademark humour, this is a compelling read that will keep you poised between laughter and tears - Daily Mail

A tantalising story of motherhood told with Dawn French's signature warmth - Sainsbury's Magazine

As ever, even in the darkest of times, Dawn has found humour to inject into her novel - Best

A brilliant book - Good Housekeeping

The life-affirming and unmissable new novel - Eastern Daily Press

A tale told with warmth - Daily Record

While Dawn French's latest novel contains a dash of humour, it's also heart-wrenching - The Hunsbury Handbook

A fabulous emotional tearjerker of a novel - Silversurfers

Praise for Dawn French - -

Hilarious and brilliant - Woman & Home

I adored According to YES. It's so different to anything I've read in forever, so charming, wise, brilliantly writtenI loved it all

Witty and wise, it'll have you burning the midnight oilA cracker - Woman's Weekly

Very funny and packs an emotional cloutBrilliant! - Heat

An enlightening and feel-good read offering a fresh look at life and how to embrace it. Funny and enjoyable to the end - We Love This Book

There is lots of fun to be had reading this book. It's impossible not to warm to Rosie, a funny and open-hearted woman who acts as a salve and comfort blanket for this unhappy, inhibited family. There's something quite joyous about the way she unashamedly romps her way through the novel, changing the lives of those around her for the better - Express

Another hilarious novel! - Bella

French can spin a yarn . . . which sets According to YES apart. Think the vicar of Dibley, without the dog collar. YES YES YES indeed - Independent

Wise and poignant - Beyond the Joke

Heart-warming - Choice Magazine

About the Author

Dawn French has been making people laugh for 30 years. As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of this country's most long-running and celebrated shows, including French and SaundersThe Vicar of DibleyJam and Jerusalem, and more recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In. Her first three novels, A Tiny Bit Marvellous, Oh Dear Silvia and According to YES, are all Sunday Times bestsellers.
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  • ISBN: 9781405927338
  • Author: Dawn French
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Pages: 416
  • Format: Paperback

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The moving and life-affirming bestseller, perfect for anyone who loves unforgettable stories

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION AND A RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK

'I absolutely loved Because of You. Fantastic, passionate, compassionate, so much wisdom, a lot of humour, very real and credible' BERNARDINE EVARISTO, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

'Gorgeous . . . wise and full of love' MARIAN KEYES
__________

Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . . midnight.

As the old millennium turns into the new, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.

Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl.
Anna leaves with empty arms.

Seventeen years later, the truth of that night starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.

A reckoning is coming. Lives will collide.


And mother-love will be tested . . .

Because Of You is Dawn French's stunning new novel, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.
__________

'An extraordinary book - sad, heartening, gripping and reassuringly human' 
JO BRAND

'The final scenes are so perfectly executed they almost broke my heart. Because of You is a story to cherish' Sunday Times

'French manages to pick your heart up with the nib of her pen and slowly pull it apart, heart-wrenchingly, page by page . . . A true writing talent' My Weekly

'Dawn French is a wonderful writer' Daily Mail

'Moving . . . French's best yet' Good Housekeeping

'Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on' Guardian

 
 

Review

I absolutely loved Because of You. Fantastic, passionate, compassionate, so much wisdom, a lot of humour, very real and credible -- BERNARDINE EVARISTO, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

Gorgeous . . . wise and sad and full of love - Marian Keyes

An extraordinary book - sad, heartening, gripping and reassuringly human -- Jo Brand

Incredible - Russell Brand

Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on - Guardian

Harrowing but uplifting . . . It is a book about mistakes, regret, forgiveness and unconditional love - Daily Mirror

Fans who have waited five long years for French's fourth novel won't be disappointed: Because Of You is a book with a beating heart, a story told with warmth and verve - Daily Express

Moving . . . French's best yet - Good Housekeeping

The final scenes are so perfectly executed they almost broke my heart. Because of You is a story to cherish - Sunday Express

Told with French's unfailing wit and warmth, Because Of You is the tale of family bonds and the mother-daughter relationships that ultimately make us who we are - Independent

Brilliant . . . a moving read that will stay with you long after you've finished the last page - Closer

A fantastic page-turner - Mail on Sunday

Beautifully observed - The Times

Wise and poignant, Because of You is a story about mothers and daughter, love and loss, mistakes and regrets, and family bonds - Eastern Daily Press

A must-read story told with compassion and heart - Sunday Express

French always writes so melodically about the truth of human nature . . . French manages to pick your heart up with the nib of her pen and slowly pull it apart, heart-wrenchingly, page by page . . . A true writing talent - My Weekly

An emotionally charged story - and a heartbreaking twist at the end - Hello!

A warmly told story about the bond between mothers and daughters - Evening Standard

Warm, witty and wise . . . I raced through - Daily Mail

A powerful and emotional book - Good Housekeeping

A bright, brilliant and heartbreaking tale of two mothers, two babies and the far-reaching consequences of one fateful day - Yahoo! Style

A beautifully powerful story about mothers, family and sacrifice - Sun

An uplifting story about mothers and daughters and familial relationships, in which two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters on the same night - Woman & Home

Arresting page-turner - Best

A novel her fans are sure to love - Woman's Weekly

A story of love, identity and belonging - i

Heartbreaking and humorous in equal measures - Boundless

A bouncy, comedy drama. Funny, poignant and bursting with joie de vivre - Daily Mail

A thought-provoking read . . . shows the true extent of motherly love - Publishers Association

Dawn French moves between the aftermath of that fateful night and 18 years later, when the explosive impact of Hope's actions is finally felt - Daily Express

A heartfelt story, handled so carefully and empathetically -- Aisling Bea

Because Of You is a tale told with warmth by a storyteller who never takes herself too seriously - Sunday Express

Heartbreaking but redemptive, and lightened by French's trademark humour, this is a compelling read that will keep you poised between laughter and tears - Daily Mail

A tantalising story of motherhood told with Dawn French's signature warmth - Sainsbury's Magazine

As ever, even in the darkest of times, Dawn has found humour to inject into her novel - Best

A brilliant book - Good Housekeeping

The life-affirming and unmissable new novel - Eastern Daily Press

A tale told with warmth - Daily Record

While Dawn French's latest novel contains a dash of humour, it's also heart-wrenching - The Hunsbury Handbook

A fabulous emotional tearjerker of a novel - Silversurfers

Praise for Dawn French - -

Hilarious and brilliant - Woman & Home

I adored According to YES. It's so different to anything I've read in forever, so charming, wise, brilliantly writtenI loved it all

Witty and wise, it'll have you burning the midnight oilA cracker - Woman's Weekly

Very funny and packs an emotional cloutBrilliant! - Heat

An enlightening and feel-good read offering a fresh look at life and how to embrace it. Funny and enjoyable to the end - We Love This Book

There is lots of fun to be had reading this book. It's impossible not to warm to Rosie, a funny and open-hearted woman who acts as a salve and comfort blanket for this unhappy, inhibited family. There's something quite joyous about the way she unashamedly romps her way through the novel, changing the lives of those around her for the better - Express

Another hilarious novel! - Bella

French can spin a yarn . . . which sets According to YES apart. Think the vicar of Dibley, without the dog collar. YES YES YES indeed - Independent

Wise and poignant - Beyond the Joke

Heart-warming - Choice Magazine

About the Author

Dawn French has been making people laugh for 30 years. As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of this country's most long-running and celebrated shows, including French and SaundersThe Vicar of DibleyJam and Jerusalem, and more recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In. Her first three novels, A Tiny Bit Marvellous, Oh Dear Silvia and According to YES, are all Sunday Times bestsellers.

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