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Jane is trying.

She’s been trying for a baby, with increasing desperation as her thirties sail by.

Now, she’s trying to make a new start back home with her overprotective, charades-obsessed parents – having left her career and cheating fiancé behind in London.

And, she’s trying to convince herself she didn’t leave the front door unlocked, or the gas on. (Jane’s not anxious. She just wants to make one hundred percent sure that nothing bad’s going to happen to her. EVER.)

With an increasing load on her plate, friends and family who think if she only listens to them she’ll have a perfect life, and a brain which questions every decision she’s ever made, can Jane conquer her demons and step forward on her own?


I LOVED Jane Is Trying. It has all the warmth, cleverness, wit and turn of phrase I fell in love with watching Isy performing
Aisling Bea
Jane Is Trying is Isy Suttie's first novel but her voice has the easy, warm confidence of someone whose been at the lark for yonks; slyly funny, gently incisive, compassionate yes but with just enough wicked accuracy about the process of growing up and getting things wrong to make it painfully true.
Stuart Maconie
Big-hearted, stacked with empathy, and properly splutter-coffee funny. A book so full of love that there ought to be a huggable version of it. Isy goes from warm-hearted to outrageous so deftly that I think she might have special powers. WHAT a book. How many times can I say 'brilliant'?
Jason Hazeley
Sharp, tender, darkly funny and so well observed
Daisy Buchanan
Gripping, laugh out loud and heart-warming. Suttie has created a charming world of oddballs (and their even odder parents) I miss them all already!
Sara Pascoe
A rich comedy about the joy and horror of romance, sex, family life and small towns, Jane Is Trying is one of the most delightful and rewarding first novels I've ever read. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading, laughing or doing both at the same time.
Sam Bain, co-creator of PEEP SHOW