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2021/07/07  |  By:   |  Features  |  

We are delighted to introduce you to The Woman in the Middle, the emotional, uplifting and completely relatable new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Milly Johnson, publishing 14th October 2021.

Jill Mansell

 Sandwich generation


A generation of people, typically in their thirties or forties, responsible both for bringing up their own children and for the care of their ageing parents.

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‘One of those novels that draws you in to its world and makes you wish you could be friends with Shay. A tantalizing juicy tale full of twists and turns that kept me gripped. Warm, funny and moving. One to curl up with and devour’ Ruth Jones

Katie Fforde

‘Immensely relatable, tender and wise; Milly’s magic sparkles from every page’ Cathy Bramley

Jo Thomas

‘Written from the heart… honest, inspirational and great fun… I loved it’ Janie Millman

Veronica Henry

‘I loved it, and found it as warm, funny and joyful as all of Milly’s books (and Milly herself for that matter). Great characters (even the horrible ones!) and a really wonderful, relatable story about the complexities – aka never-ending dramas – of modern family life with all its ups and downs. So many readers will relate to Shay and be rooting for her throughout – I certainly did. What a treat, in all!’ Lucy Diamond

Lindsey Kelk

‘The perfect pick-me-up that you won’t be able to put down. I loved it’ Matt Dunn

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Shay Bastable is the woman in the middle. She is part of the sandwich generation – caring for her parents and her children, supporting her husband Bruce, holding them all together and caring for them as best she can.

Then the arrival of a large orange skip on her mother’s estate sets in motion a cataclysmic series of events which leads to the collapse of Shay’s world. She is forced to put herself first for a change.

But in order to move forward with her present, Shay needs to make sense of her past. And so she returns to the little village she grew up in, to uncover the truth about what happened to her when she was younger. And in doing so, she discovers that sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to find the only way is up.

Sometimes you have to fall

to find out where you stand


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‘Shay is a fantastic character. I absolutely adored her and her family. They made me laugh, cry, sigh, swoon and smile. What more can you ask for from a book?’ ***** Trish

‘Completely recommend this book, a perfect read as the long autumn nights draw in’ Kerry, read her review here.

‘The story is emotional, but includes humour, love and warmth.  As a mother of two teenagers and a daughter of ageing parents, being the filling in the sandwich is both a privilege and a worry, and Milly has captured those feelings perfectly’ Karen, read her review here.

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