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Speak to Me

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6th July 2023

Price: £24.99

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Selected: Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781472299956

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A barbed, funny, painfully well observed study of contemporary relationships, centring on the love triangle between a wife, her husband, and his mobile phone.

‘I shall explain about our marriage. We have a modern version of a long-distance relationship. We share a house, but live in different historical eras…’

What happens in a relationship when your partner only has eyes for their new phone?

What happens when you lose a treasured possession – a hoard of love letters documenting a relationship that never really ended – and this loss becomes an obsession?

Speak to Me is the story of a woman’s quest, in a world ruled by screens and devices, for a conversation that will unlock who she once was, and what she really wants now. Keenly observed, tender and sharply funny, this is an audiobook about all the ways we say, and don’t say, the things in our hearts.

‘Sharp as a skewer about the devices and desires in many modern marriages. I loved it’ Amanda Craig

(P) 2023 Headline Publishing Group Ltd


Amanda Craig, author of THE GOLDEN RULE
There are three of us in this - you, me and your mobile. How many couples have said this to each other? Paula Cocozza's witty, wry new novel is sharp as a skewer about the devices and desires in many modern marriages. I loved it
Louisa Young, author of A YEAR AND A DAY
A beguiling and unsettling modern love story, full of wit, bafflement and razor-sharp swipes at modern desperation. She loves her past; he loves his phone, the centre cannot hold
Richard Beard, Author of THE DAY THAT WENT MISSING
A meticulously composed novel about getting and paying attention. Paula Cocozza peels back the screens of modern life to explore different types of distance - from those we love and from ourselves, in a marriage and back to a lingering youthful relationship. Cool, compelling, Speak To Me is both timeless and vividly contemporary
Elizabeth McKenzie, author of THE DOG OF THE NORTH
With a brilliant, thwarted woman at its heart, SPEAK TO ME is a novel of longing like no other. Cocozza's command of this narrative voice is mesmerizing - I read it at a sitting, entranced
Sharlene Teo, author of PONTI
Cocozza is a perceptive and intuitive writer who is unafraid to dwell in the life of the mind and, most crucially, the heart
Ross Raisin, author of GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
A novel that manages to put its finger, exactly, tenderly, on a place of very modern pain. A contemporary, funny, anguished take on love and loneliness.
Daily Telegraph
Sparky... wonderfully tart... sharp throughout... audaciously framed and sincerely human
Mary Portas
A powerful story of love, desire and identity. And the silent but significant impact technology has on these most human emotions
Elle Magazine (Summer Reading Pick, July 2023)
Highly original
Joanna Cannon, Guardian
Cocozza's writing is addictive and she weaves an unexpectedly moving story, but it's her sharp observations that really steal the show... our heroine wouldn't look out of place in an Alan Bennett monologue... Speak To Me is a confessional story of our time, a painfully accurate portrayal of a relationship in crisis. Beneath the humour, though, there is a powerful message and a surprising poignancy