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.
“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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