In a rambling house, failed poet Toby Dobbs has created a refuge for people who need one. But when a quiet tragedy and an unwelcome letter interrupt Toby's sedate existence, he needs his housemates to find some direction in their lives. Leah Pilgrim has watched the tenants of the house over the road for several years, and when the owner of 31 Silversmith Road asks her for advice, he opens the door not only to the eccentric building across the street - but to five lives in various stages of turmoil. Can Toby and Leah help these misfits to grow up, move on and move out? And in doing so, can they make their own dreams come true?
Winner of Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance 2008.
Lisa Jewell was born and raised in North London, where she lives with her husband and baby daughter. She worked as a secretary before redundancy, a bet and a book deal took her away from all that. She is the author of five huge bestsellers: Ralph's Party, Thirtynothing, One-Hit Wonder, Friend of the Family and, most recently, Vince and Joy, all of which are available as Penguin paperbacks.