I love all of my children equally! The American one on the left is messy, loud, optimistic, sassy and uses the letter z far more often. The British one on the right is more subdued, wittier, has a better grasp of European history, often judges the louder American one. I’m sad to report that as today is their book birthday, they are both GEMINIS!!! I know, I’m surprised, too. But I still love them. SORRY I’M LATE, I DIDN’T WANT TO COME is out TODAY in the USA and the UK.
Do I want you to buy and read it? Yes, yes I do. It’s about the price of one fancy brunch except it lasts foreverrrr. For one brunch, you could have this BOOK. WOW! A whole book!!
It’s about the year I spent: talking to strangers, performing stand-up comedy, traveling solo, trying out improv, going on friend dates and doing a bunch of extrovert-y things. It’s about being an introvert and trying to extrovert for a full year.
There is a bunch of humiliating stuff in here! Me confessing all my secrets to handsome stranger. Me having to perform stand-up comedy. Me accosting innocent strangers and making them talk to me. Me on blind friend dates! Me nearly dying in the woods. And if you get tired of me, I get trained by a charisma coach, interview psychologists, get on a plane headed abroad NOT KNOWING WHAT COUNTRY IT IS GOING TO LAND IN. There is crying, there is laughter, there is (bad) singing, there is a wild animal encounter, there is a surprise appearance by NIGELLA LAWSON.
I also get help along the way from Dolly Alderton, Emma Gannon, Rachel Bertsche, Sara Barron, David Litt, Daisy Buchanan and more geniuses!
The book also covers loneliness, making new friends as an adult and addresses questions like: can you change your personality or is it fixed? What can be learned by living like a completely different person to the one you are for a year? And what are the best ways to connect with new people? Can you physically die of embarrassment? Why couldn’t I make the icing straight on that cake that’s on the American cover even though I tried 15 times? No, really, why does that cake still look so messy??
Here is my book. Look, I like brunch, too. On certain days, I too might pick brunch over my book. But that day is not today.
I hope you like it. Take photos of it near coffee / dogs / cats / succulents and tag me? I eat that stuff up. (I’m @jessypanpan on Instagram)
Order the USA version in paperback or e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Apple, or on audiobook (the cover with the messy cake, frosted badly by me).
The UK version is available in hardback: order at Amazon, Waterstones, Hive, or the audio book at Audible UK (the cover with the speech bubble).
And Australia links here (it’s out June 4 in Australia but you can pre-order!)
And it’s out in Holland on June 11!