If I Never Met You

If I Never Met You

Mhairi McFarlane

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B Format 129x198mm
432 pages
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Book Overview

If faking love is this easy… how do you know when it’s real?

The brand new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane

Laurie and Jamie have the perfect office romance
(They set the rules via email)

Everyone can see they’re head over heels
(They staged the photos)

This must be true love
(They’re faking it)

When Laurie is dumped by her partner of eighteen years, she’s blindsided. Not only does she feel humiliated, they still have to work together.

So when she gets stuck in the lift with handsome colleague Jamie, they hatch a plan to stage the perfect romance. Revenge will be sweet…

But this fauxmance is about to get complicated. You can’t break your heart in a fake relationship – can you?

About the author

Sunday Times bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976 and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah-Ree.After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels and her first book, You Had Me At Hello, was an instant success. She’s now written six books and she lives in Nottingham with a man and a cat.


  • ‘Beautiful and touching – I loved it so much!’ Marian Keyes
  • ‘Sharply relevant, super funny, packs an emotional punch and deeply, deliciously romantic – perfect on every level’ Cressida McLaughlin
  • ‘Funny, crackling with sexual tension, and full of complex, nuanced characters – a total joy to read’ Louise O’Neill
  • ‘A funny, smart and wonderfully romantic book about faking it… and making it. I loved every page’ Lucy Diamond
  • Praise for Mhairi McFarlane:
  • ‘I loved it! So funny and warm – a delicious read’ Marian Keyes
  • ‘Wildly funny and wildly romantic… Another wonderful novel from an author at the top of her game’ Louise O’Neill
  • ‘Beautiful, funny and heartbreaking’ Giovanna Fletcher
  • ‘Funny and heartfelt, full of humour and wisdom, I absolutely loved it’ Katie Fforde
  • ‘Intelligent, edgy and laugh out loud funny – a romantic comedy to love’ Sunday Mirror
  • ‘The perfect mix of comedy, whip smart dialogue and all the feels’ Fabulous
  • ‘Mhairi gets the mix of laughs, romance and serious emotional depth just right in this page-turner that stands out from the crowd’ S Magazine
  • ‘Hilarious, clever and beautifully written’ Daily Mail
  • ‘Fiery, feminist, fit, filthy and very timely … astonishingly good’ Harriet Reuter Hapgood
  • ‘A warm belly full of joy from start to finish!’ Holly Bourne
  • ‘Mhairi’s best yet: nobody does modern love like her, hilarious, devastating and real’ Laura Kemp
  • ‘An effortlessly brilliant read – will have you laughing when you shouldn’t and sobbing when you least expect it’ Giovanna Fletcher
  • ‘Totally hilarious and wincingly real’ Jenny Colgan
  • ‘Her best yet – write faster!’ Holly Bourne
  • ‘No-one writes such wry, emotionally complex romantic fiction’ RED
  • ‘The perfect balance of romcom and drama… the ultimate holiday read!’ GRAZIA
  • ‘Warm, nuanced, compelling’ STYLIST
  • ‘Intelligent and insightful’ HEAT
  • ‘Sparky, smart, sore-stomach-laughing kind of read’ FABULOUS
  • ‘Hilarious’ HELLO