If I Can't Have You

If I Can't Have You

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

What if the problem with your love life is you?

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.

Samuel, the day we met I knew I'd finally found what I've been waiting for.


Happiness, at last.

Then you left me.

And now I am alone.

Everyone I love leaves in the end.

But not this time.

I'm not giving up on us.

I'm not giving up on you.

When you love someone, you never let them go.

That's why for me, this is just beginning.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 162 x 241 x 41mm | 640g
  • Mantle
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1529032393
  • 9781529032390
  • 21,830

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Blackly comic, heartrendingly sad . . . a brilliant debut novel * Best * Dark and compelling with a flawed and funny heroine you can't help rooting for * Waitrose Magazine * Truly original. Sad, funny, dark, with a take on loneliness and yearning that feels new in fiction. This is down to the terrific writing -- Hayley Webster OMG - just finished #IfICantHaveYou - what a flipping book! I can't put into words how FANTASTIC it is! Brava. My book of 2020! -- Vic Watson, Noir at the Bar host If I Can't Have You by Charlotte Levin is a brilliant take on warped love, with people behaving deliciously badly. I adored the sharpness, the spikiness, the twisted yet hopeful view of the world. Loved it -- Caroline Hulse, author of Like a House on Fire A stellar debut by Charlotte Levin, If I Can't Have You is a disturbing tale of obsession which gets right under your skin and makes it itch. I finished it in one day & thought about it long after -- Roxie Cooper Brilliant. A perfect and completely terrifying depiction of heartbreak and obsession -- Sarah Powell, presenter, founder of 'Celebrate Yourself' and Red Magazine columnist It was obvious from the bold and compelling opening chapter that I was in the hands of a clever and skillful author . . . In Constance Little, Levin has created a memorable character, convincing, at times monstrous, often sympathetic, and full of nuance. Loved, loved, loved it -- Joanna Barnard Compulsively readable and darkly funny with pin-sharp characterization. Love love loved it -- Laura Marshall, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Friend Request An exceptionally raw and visceral and painfully funny novel. Charlotte Levin writes so well and so powerfully about loneliness, longing, love and loss that Constance will stay with me for a long time -- Emma Flint, Women's Prize longlisted author of Little Deaths This is superb. The main character Constance is brilliantly flawed and so compassionately drawn - it's raw and compulsive and disturbing and very well done indeed -- Harriet Tyce, author of Richard & Judy Book Club pick Blood Orange So beautifully written, such a devastatingly compelling story. I can honestly say it's one of the best books I've ever read - it is without shadow of a doubt, EASILY up there with The Girl on the Train and Eleanor Oliphant -- Ruth Jones
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About Charlotte Levin

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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Rating details

65 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
5 38% (25)
4 43% (28)
3 14% (9)
2 3% (2)
1 2% (1)
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