What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot : From the bestselling author of Big Little Lies, now an award winning TV series

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From the BESTSELLING author of BIG LITTLE LIES . . .

How can ten years of your life just disappear?

Alice is twenty-nine.

She adores sleep, chocolate, and her ramshackle new house.

She's newly engaged to the wonderful Nick

. . . and is pregnant with her first baby.

There's just one problem. That was ten years ago . . .

Alice slipped in her step-aerobics class, hit her head and lost a decade.

Now she's a grown-up, bossy mother of three in the middle of a nasty divorce and her beloved sister Elisabeth isn't speaking to her.

This is her life but not as she knows it.

Just how many mistakes can you make in a decade?

Can she ever get back to the woman she used to be?

'Gripping, thought-provoking and funny' Marie Claire

'Captivating' Closer

'Funny and knowing about what we choose to remember, and fight to forget' O Magazine

'A bittersweet tale by a gifted writer' Woman's Weekly
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 36mm | 379.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • reis. ed.
  • 0141043768
  • 9780141043760
  • 2,011

Review Text

What Alice Forgot is a compelling story about relationships, staying true to yourself and embracing all life has to offer, from the bestselling author of the hit HBO series Big Little Lies.

Alice can't remember the last ten years of her life. She doesn't recognise her children, her husband, herself . . .
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A funny, thought-provoking, acutely observed romantic comedy * Marie Claire * Funny and knowing about what we choose to remember, and fight to forget * O Magazine * Funny and captivating * Closer * A bittersweet tale by a gifted writer * Woman's Weekly * Highly addictive * She * An often funny, sometimes heartrending, deeply personal portrait of a woman attempting to unravel her own mystery * Booklist * A call to embrace life * Easy Living * Praise for Liane Moriarty * - * Staggeringly brilliant, literally unputdownable -- Sophie Hannah Keeps you guessing until the very end - perfect summer read -- Reese Witherspoon Moriarty writes vividly, wittily and wickedly * Sunday Express * The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling * Good Housekeeping * Like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic . . . a fun, engaging and sometimes disturbing read * USA Today * Riveting drama packed with suspense and secrets * Woman & Home * Wise, honest, beautifully observed. One of the few writers I'll drop anything for -- Jojo Moyes Straight-from-life characters, knife-sharp insight and almost unbearable suspense will have you racing through it * Good Housekeeping * Perfect * Hello! * A hell of a good book. Funny and scary -- Stephen King A cracking story cleverly told * Fabulous * Fascinating and compassionate * Daily Telegraph * A funny, thought-provoking, acutely observed romantic comedy * Marie Claire * A bittersweet tale by a gifted writer * Women's Weekly * The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling * Good Housekeeping *
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About Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is the bestselling author of seven novels: Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story, The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty. The Husband's Secret is a worldwide bestseller which has sold more than two million copies and been translated into over forty languages. Big Little Lies is now an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO series, produced by and starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.
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Rating details

232,564 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 33% (75,849)
4 45% (105,219)
3 18% (42,936)
2 3% (6,786)
1 1% (1,774)

Our customer reviews

What Alice Forgot is the third novel by popular Australian author, Liane Moriarty. When Alice Love wakes from a strange dream on the floor of the gym, she has a terrible headache, and she's a bit worried about her unborn baby. It's 1998 and her first child is due in 1999. Except that everyone is telling her it is 2008, John Howard is not the Prime Minister and she is in the throes of an acrimonious divorce from her husband, Nick. That nasty knock on the head when she fell during her Friday step class has caused her to lose the last ten years of her life. As she gradually pieces together the basics of the last ten years, she discovers that 29-year-old Alice, sweet, innocent, funny, sometimes a bit silly and hopelessly in love with Nick has evolved into 39-year-old Alice, busy, bossy, occasionally bitchy, with an acerbic voice, who can't stand the sight of her husband. She has three children whom she doesn't recognise, goes to the gym (no way!) and eats healthy food. Her friends are similarly gossipy, bitchy school mums. Something's gone wrong with her sister Elisabeth and her mother had remarried. The intriguing mystery of what Alice forgot is carried by three voices: a third-person narrative gives Alice's point of view; a first-person narrative (in the form of a journal prescribed by her therapist) details Elisabeth's observations; and a computer blog offers "grandmother" Frannie's take on events. Moriarty's characters are those you meet at the P&C or the gym; her dialogue is what you hear in the supermarket of the cafe; and the plot is completely credible, with a plethora of occurrences from everyday life. This uplifting novel touches on infertility, adoption, raising children, therapy, divorce, work-life balance, family relationships and trying again. Often funny, occasionally sad and totally captivating.show more
by Marianne Vincent
I loved this book, from start to finish. Being an Australian and living on the north side of Sydney for part of my life it was so easy to relate to the writer and the story she was telling. I felt like a part of the story and that I really knew the characters. A great book to read for anyone and would thoroughly recommend it to everyone.show more
by Alana Moses
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