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How Not to Die Alone
By (author): Richard Roper
9780525539889 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Women May 28, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.31 x 9.31 x 1.21 in 336 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
Smart, darkly funny, and life-affirming, How Not to Die Alone is the bighearted debut novel we all need, for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, it’s a story about love, loneliness, and the importance of taking a chance when we feel we have the most to lose.

“Wryly funny and quirkily charming.”—Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters

Sometimes you need to risk everything…to find your something.


Andrew’s been feeling stuck.

For years he’s worked a thankless public health job, searching for the next of kin of those who die alone. Luckily, he goes home to a loving family every night. At least, that’s what his coworkers believe.

Then he meets Peggy.

A misunderstanding has left Andrew trapped in his own white lie and his lonely apartment. When new employee Peggy breezes into the office like a breath of fresh air, she makes Andrew feel truly alive for the first time in decades.

Could there be more to life than this?

But telling Peggy the truth could mean losing everything. For twenty years, Andrew has worked to keep his heart safe, forgetting one important thing: how to live. Maybe it’s time for him to start.

Story Locale: London, England

FUNNY AND TOUCHING DEBUT NOVEL: Richard Roper is fantastically witty, and Andrew’s tongue-in-cheek humor leaps off the page. With the charm and heart of Gail Honeyman or Nick Hornby, this novel is propulsive, filled with dark laughter and unforgettable insight into the way we live our lives.

ON TREND: There is a growing subgenre of Eleanor Oliphant-type books. With Eleanor Oliphant topping the paperback bestseller chart, the desire for more heartwarming but offbeat characters is here to stay.

CLEAR PICK FOR BOOK CLUBS: With an underdog protagonist, quirky love story, and captivating prose, this is a book to talk about. How Not to Die Alone is about perennially appealing topics like overcoming loneliness, finding human connection where you least expect it, and building a fulfilling life. There is much to promote here.

SAVVY AUTHOR WE CAN GROW: Roper knows the business of books—he’s a nonfiction editor at Headline UK. He’s well connected and will be a true asset for our publication, and we’ve got a second book under contract with him.

INTERNATIONAL EXCITEMENT: We pre-empted this novel in a major two-book deal and will publish simultaneously with Orion in the UK. The novel has now sold in 17 languages.

Richard Roper is a nonfiction editor at Headline, where he works with authors such as James Acaster, Joel Dommett, Andrew O’Neill, and Frank Turner. How Not to Die Alone is inspired by an article he read about people whose job it is to follow up after people die alone. It is his debut novel.

Author Residence: London, England

Marketing: National print publicity

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Discussion guide available online

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Twitter.com/RichardRoper

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Author Social Media: Twitter: @RichardRoper; Instagram: @RichardRoper

“Just the kind of book I wanted to read in these times. Charming, empathetic, witty, emotional, and hopeful, Roper’s cast of quirky, vulnerable characters make for a truly warm and affecting debut.”—J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

“Roper uplifts the human spirit and shows us how to embrace life and hope in his wickedly witty debut.”—Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

“A delightful read—filled with quirky and loveable characters, a compelling storyline and a perfect ending. I couldn’t put the book down! Richard Roper has written the most warm-hearted book about loneliness I’ve read.”—Miriam Parker, author of The Shortest Way Home

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