While You Were Reading jacket reveal! by Bec Farrell
2019/12/03  |  By:   |  Features  |  

Here at Books and the City we love to mix things up a bit! And that’s why, for the paperback edition of While You Were Reading by Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus, which publishes August 2020, we’re giving it a shiny new jacket!

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GORGEOUS, right? We’re not the only ones who love it:


‘We are so excited about the new cover of the UK paperback version of While You Were Reading. We love how it really speaks to the bookish elements which make our story so unique, and we love the fresh colours and gorgeous illustrations. We just want to dive straight into that bookshop along with Bea Babbage, and whoever that handsome man may be (you’ll have to read the book to find out)! We hope readers love it as much as we do!’

Ali & Michelle x


While You Were Reading publishes in paperback on 6th August 2020. eBook out now!


Words are messy. Love is messier.

A love story for book lovers that celebrates much more than romance.

Meet Beatrix Babbage – 29-year-old dog-earer of books and accidental destroyer of weddings. After ruining her best friend’s nuptials, Bea relocates to the other side of the country in search of a fresh start, including meeting new people, living life to the fullest and finally pulling off balayage. But after a few months, life is more stagnant than ever. Bea’s job is dead-end. Her romantic life? Non-existent. And her only friends are her books, her barista and her cleaning lady.

Then Bea stumbles across a second-hand novel inscribed with notes. Besotted with the poetic inscriptions, Bea is determined to find the author … and finds herself entangled in one hell of a love quadrangle.

Funny, poignant and insightful, While You Were Reading reveals the value of true friendship,  that there’s no such thing as perfection, and, most importantly, the power of not living in fiction, but still reading it – often!