If I Can't Have You

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Pan Macmillan, Feb 4, 2021 - Fiction - 416 pages

'One of the best books I've ever read' Ruth Jones

'This is superb . . . and compulsive and disturbing and very well done indeed' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

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If I Can't Have You by Charlotte Levin is an all-consuming novel about loneliness, obsession and how far we go for the ones we love.

My name is Constance Little.
This is my love story.
But this isn't the way it was supposed to end.

After fleeing Manchester for London, Constance attempts to put past tragedies behind her and make a fresh start. When she embarks on a relationship with the new doctor at the medical practice where she works, she's convinced she's finally found the love and security she craves.

Then he ends it.

But if life has taught her anything, it's that if you love someone, you should never let them go.

That's why for Constance Little, her obsession is only just beginning . . .

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'An exceptionally raw and visceral and painfully funny novel' Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths

'Brilliant. A perfect and completely terrifying depiction of heartbreak and obsession' Sarah Powell

'A blackly comic but heartfelt story of love and loneliness, with an endearing and damaged heroine' Sunday Mirror

'A darkly comic and beautifully written debut novel' Woman

'Blackly comic, heartrendingly sad - a brilliant debut novel' Best

'Compulsively readable and darkly funny with pin-sharp characterisation' Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request

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User Review  - VanessaCW - LibraryThing

Constance Little works in a surgery where she develops a dangerous infatuation with one of the doctors. So much so that he inhabits her mind every waking minute and sometimes during her dreams. She ... Read full review

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If I Can't Have You is a book which tackles many issues head-on. It's an incredibly accomplished debut novel from Charlotte Levin. The book begins with an explosive scene: a young woman on a tube in a ... Read full review

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About the author (2021)

Charlotte Levin has been shortlisted for the Andrea Badenoch Award, part of the New Writers North Awards, and for the Mslexia Short Story Competition. Charlotte lives in Manchester and If I Can't Have You is her first novel.

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