"Sharply funny and beguilingly British."--People "You will laugh at hilarious situations and be touched by others, ultimately discovering that the Birch family is basically every family."--Associated Press "Witty and deeply heartfelt, Seven Days of Us is an insightful, character-driven look at the real failures, fumbles, and false starts that define family--and why understanding the people closest to us might be the hardest thing in the world."--Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author "[A] smart, delightfully funny, page-turning debut... Hornak imbues each character with a singularity that underscores her spot-on insight about human nature."--Publisher's Weekly "Alternately tender and razor-sharp, Seven Days of Us will resonate with anyone who regresses the minute they step inside their childhood home."--Booklist (starred review) "Hornak's brilliant debut manages to be simultaneously clever, funny, and poignant."--Library Journal (starred review) "Hornak spends time looking through each character's eyes, and readers' sympathies will shift with each change in point of view. The richly defined inner lives of the Birches propel the story as they try to feel their way through their individual crises."--Shelf Awareness "This slightly dysfunctional brood had me laughing...but a surprising plot twist also reminded me that family always comes through in tough times."--First for Women
"LOVED it! Warm and humane, funny and sad, with a great, twisty plot, Seven Days of Us is absolute pleasure reading from beginning to end. Francesca Hornak is a true talent. Just gorgeous!"--Marian Keyes, international bestselling author "Perfect for fans of cozy Christmas films like Love Actually and The Family Stone. An emotional but ultimately uplifting holiday story."--Kirkus Reviews "Francesca Hornak is hilariously funny, with characters that jump off the page, grab you, and just won't let go."--Rosamund Lupton, New York Times bestselling author of Sister
"With its wry observations on class, family, and 'veddy British' traditions, Francesca Hornak's absorbing debut sparkles with glints of Nancy Mitford and Julian Fellowes."--Stephanie Clifford, New York Times bestselling author of Everybody Rise "Hornak's wry, masterful portrayal of a family in crisis is filled with flawed and funny characters who will capture--and break--your heart."--Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse and The Address "If you like your families dysfunctional and your novels whip-smart, then Hornak's delightful debut about a family discovering the unexpected benefits of forced quality time over the holidays will enchant your inner ironist and sentimentalist alike."--Courtney Maum, author of Touch and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You "Hornak offers a tragicomic holiday tale that's perfect for fans of family sagas and multiperspective narratives like Love Actually."--BookPage "[A] fantastic debut...The family dynamics, revelations, and role reversals make this exceptional 'Brit Lit' a real page turner."--RT Book Reviews "Warm hearted, witty and wise, Seven Days of Us is hugely entertaining."--Saskia Sarginson, author of The Other Me "Not all debut novels live up to expectations, but this one exceeds them. Hornak's imaginative, nicely-paced, engaging story is one you won't soon forget. At the very least it's a guaranteed escape from your own dysfunctional family."--NJ.com "An entertaining mix of pathos and humor."--The Missourian
'One of the best books of the year' Hello!
The joyful, sharply observed and life-affirming Christmas story for fans of One Day. Also a Radio 2 Bookclub pick.
It's Christmas, and the Birch family is gathering for the first time in years.
Olivia, the eldest daughter, has returned from treating an epidemic abroad and must go into quarantine for seven days. Her mother has decided it's the perfect opportunity to spend some 'special time' together. Her youngest sister wholeheartedly disagrees. Her father isn't allowed an opinion.
When no one can leave the house, seven days for the Birches feels like an eternity.
Especially when they're all harbouring secrets. One of which is about to come knocking at their door...
Rave reviews for Seven Days of Us:
'LOVED it! Warm and humane, funny and sad, with a great, twisty plot, Seven Days of Us is absolute pleasure reading from beginning to end' Marian Keyes
'I loved this comic drama...the plot is genius...and the results are hilarious and touching' Daily Mail
'One of the best family dramas you'll ever read' Best
'Francesca Hornak is hilariously funny with characters that jump off the page, grab you, and just won't let go' Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister
'Sharply observed by Hornak's satirical eye, this has "Working Title film deal" written all over it' Glamour
'Expertly captures the joys and the tensions of spending any time with those who know you best. It thoroughly deserves to be this year's big Christmas hit' The i
'Absorbing, insightful and immensely enjoyable' Laura Barnett, bestselling author of The Versions of Us
'Compassionate, witty and wise' Saskia Sarginson, bestselling author of The Twins
'I LOVED Seven Days of Us. The story swallowed me up. It has all the makings of your classic rom-com, with characters that are both remarkable yet wonderfully relatable' The Unmumsy Mum
'Touching, funny, emotionally intelligent, Seven Days of Us is pure pleasure from beginning to end. It's stylishly written and totally engrossing. I really, really loved it' Adele Geras