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The Cows: Laugh out loud funny with twists aplenty - this is THE book of the summer

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*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*

Fearlessly frank and funny, the debut adult novel from Dawn O’Porter needs to be talked about.

COW [n.]
/kaʊ/

A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.

Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.

Tara, Cam and Stella are strangers living their own lives as best they can – though when society’s screaming you should live life one way, it can be hard to like what you see in the mirror.

When an extraordinary event ties invisible bonds of friendship between them, one woman’s catastrophe becomes another’s inspiration, and a life lesson to all.

Sometimes it’s ok not to follow the herd.

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women – judging each other, but also themselves. In all the noise of modern life, they need to find their own voice.

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Critical Praise

‘A funny, smart, kind, incredibly truthful book about women . . . all the shame, judgement, envy and love that being alive and female entails’ Polly Vernon

‘Fierce and funny’ Bryony Gordon, DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘Smart and insightful’ RED

‘Dawn's writing is addictive – fearless, beyond feisty and seriously funny’ Mel Giedroyc

‘O’Porter’s wise and witty narrative has many thought-provoking situations and concepts. Different, poignant and smart – I loved it’ Sara Lawrence, DAILY MAIL

‘Compulsive… I can't wait for the next one’ Shappi Khorsandi

‘Feisty characters and fearless prose, THE COWS is totally addictive’ HEAT

‘Sometimes hilarious and sometimes poignant, but always rollicking and fast-paced . . . A feel-good read which will resonate with any woman’ DAILY EXPRESS

‘Entertaining and thought-provoking’ IRISH TIMES

‘A zippy and hilarious book… tackles some of the most serious issues that affect modern women today’ THE POOL

‘Fearless, frank and excruciatingly funny’ OK

‘A whirlwind of a story about three women finding their voice amid societal pressures . . . Excellent, funny, and decidedly unpatronising – as candid as Dawn’ METRO

‘An amazing book about choices and being yourself’ PRIMA

‘Funny and excruciating. You'll think about it for weeks!’ Kristen Wiig

‘I loved it. Funny, moving, twisty . . . Wow! I couldn’t stop reading it’ Jill Mansell

‘A terrifically fun read’ YOU magazine

‘Fast, fun and fearless… a warning bell about social media and the damage it can cause’ S Magazine

‘The Cows looks at motherhood and female friendship through a frank and funny prism that reminds me of the TV show Catastrophe. Smart, fresh and really readable – I loved it’ Tasmina Perry

‘Fast and funny’ WOMAN & HOME

‘We’ve had Bridget Jones now THE COWS is setting the agenda for a new generation of readers’ No 1 Magazine

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780008126049
  • ISBN 10: 0008126046
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 04/06/2017
  • Pages: 464
  • List Price: 10.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Romance / Romantic Comedy
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC4: FICTION / Humorous / General
  • BISAC5: FICTION / Holidays

The Cows: Laugh out loud funny with twists aplenty - this is THE book of the summer by Dawn O’Porter

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