The lodgers


Tessa’s life as an activist and volunteer worker takes a hit after a fall. At the ripe young age of 69, she’s no longer able to live alone and decides to take in two lodgers for free. After the recent death of his brother, Conn is riddled with grief and determined to make amends. A free room seems too good to be true – until he meets the other lodger. Chloe arrives at Tessa’s house to deliver a package and leaves with a room. But she takes an instant dislike to Conn, who refuses to say where he disappears to at night. With everyone so busy keeping their own secrets, the mysterious package is forgotten. It’s addressed to Tessa’s daughter who’s been missing for 10 years – and only the contents of the package have the answer to what happened.


SHORTLISTED FOR POPULAR FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2023’Heartwarming’ Daily Mail’A joyful read’ Ruth HoganOne house, three strangers…TessaActivist, 69 years young. Not ready to sell up her big seaside house, but she knows a little help around the place would do wonders.ConnLooking for a quiet place to heal after a family tragedy, this seaside escape would be the perfect haven if it weren’t for…ChloeArrives to drop off a package and leaves with a room. Her life is a bit of a mess, but this could be the start of a new chapter. She’s ready for change. But is she ready for Conn?’An ideal summer read … by turns hilarious and heartbreaking’ Irish Independent’This moving, funny and charming novel is reminiscent of Marian Keyes’ Louise O’Neill

Additional information

Weight0.316 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 13 × 2.6 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


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