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
“[A] winning debut novel....Roper illuminates Andrew’s interior life to reveal not what an odd duck he is, but what odd ducks we all are.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Wryly funny and quirkily charming—perfect for fans of A Man Called Ove and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.”
—Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters
"Richard 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
“[An] off-beat and winning debut....How Not to Die Alone earns its pathos. Even more to its credit, it gives resiliency and the triumph of the human spirit a good name.”
—Wall Street Journal
“[A] charming debut [and] enjoyable read, How Not to Die Alone tackles a painful subject with goodhearted characters it’s easy to root for.”
“The pleasure in Roper’s winning, good-hearted tale is seeing this lonely sad sack cautiously rejoin the world.”
“Roper’s delightful debut is as funny as it is touching....This story of a neurotic, tenderhearted man struggling to learn how not to be alone is irresistible.”
"Simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, Roper’s endearing debut novel is a wonderful exploration of loneliness and the universal desire for connection. Darkly funny and uplifting, How Not to Die Alone will leave you wanting to seize the day as you cheer the protagonist on."
—Bianca Marais, author of Hum If You Don't Know the Words
“Quirky and heartfelt....Andrew's past traumas are revealed gradually, and the reasons behind his isolation are heartbreaking and poignant. A moving and funny look at grief, hope, and the power of human connections.”
“Funny, moving and thought-provoking—I loved this.”
—Clare Mackintosh, author of After the End
“A lively blend of humor and earnest emotion....As Andrew slowly comes to grips with being his true self, without pretense, readers will root for him to find liberation and love. A wry, humorous story.”
“Tragic, sweet, and hopeful....This novel will appeal to fans of Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.”
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