Beth O'Leary | 'I wrote almost all the book on the train...'

Beth O'Leary | 'I wrote almost all the book on the train...'

"We were naïve, just coming to London, and didn’t know how to find a good place," publisher turned author Beth O’Leary says of her renting days, which inspired her Quercus 2019 superlead The Flatshare. Like her protagonist Tiffy, driven almost mad by flat viewings in London, the author has also experienced mushrooms growing behind the toilet (the upbeat Tiffy suggests they add "a fresh, outdoorsy feel to the place").

"I put that in for my old flatmate," O’Leary laughs from across the table during our interview at Hachette’s pristine office. "We got broken into, there was sewage leaking in...

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