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Publisher's Summary

Stuck in a dead-end job, broken-hearted, broke and estranged from her best friend, Violet's life is nothing like she thought it would be. She wants more - better friends, better sex, a better job - and she wants it now. 

So, when Lottie - who looks like the woman Violet wants to be when she grows up - offers Violet the chance to join her exciting start-up, she bites. Only it soon becomes clear that Lottie and her husband, Simon, are not only inviting Violet into their company, they are also inviting her into their lives.

Seduced by their townhouse, their expensive candles and their Friday-night sex parties, Violet cannot tear herself away from Lottie, Simon or their friends. But is this really the more Violet yearns for? Will it grant her the satisfaction she is so desperately seeking?

Insatiable is about women and desire - lust, longing and the need to be loved. It is a story about being unable to tell whether you are running towards your future or simply running away from your past. The result is at once tender and sad, funny and hopeful.

©2021 Daisy Buchanan (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

A Grazia, Stylist, Cosmo, i paper, Red and Independent book of the year for 2021 

"Hilarious and tender." (Lauren Bravo) 

"Her humour and honesty never fail to make me laugh, cry and feel less alone." (Dolly Alderton) 

"An absolute triumph." (Lucy Vine) 

"Extremely funny, touching and wonderfully refreshing on women and sexual desire." (Marian Keyes) 

"You will be intoxicated by this witty and honest exploration of female desire." (Elle

"As filthy as it is funny, you won't be able to put it down." (Dolly Alderton) 

"Insatiable is a story about loneliness and trying to fit in, about our desire to be loved and included, how it's easy to confuse being wanted with being used. It'll draw people in with the shagging, but people will stay because they're rooting for Violet." (Evening Standard)

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  • 23-02-2021

Beautifully written fifth

This is definitely not one for the kids it's the sort of book you have to give yourself over to but if you do you won't regret it because its a rollicking ride to be approached with the knowledge that it is very adult.

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  • Gorgeous Kate
  • 15-05-2021

ropey story but well written

This was well written and had some quite funny moments but I just felt that the plot was a bit week and it was a bit like watching a well acted porno film. The juicy bits were there but I just got irritated with the characters and the ending was predictable

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  • Nadia
  • 05-05-2021

Disappointing

I bought this book after hearing the author be interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour. What a disappointment. I prefer Jackie Collins or 50 Shades of Grey any day! - despite the author suggesting that this novel was a modern empowering erotic novel from the female's perspective. The characters were unconvincing, vacuous and VERY annoying. I laughed out loud at the few poignant, serious moments. I don't feel this book does women and our empowerment any justice at all. It doesn't feel current in any way. It feels very middle class white privilege. It would have been refreshing if instead of repeat buying cheap high street disposable clothing brands, Violet had her own style and shopped pre-loved or charity shop clothing because of her commitment to wider environmental issues, other than her infatuation with herself.

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  • Chelsey Pippin
  • 03-05-2021

engaging and empowering, if not what I expected

I’m a huge fan of Daisy Buchanan’s work and was really excited to read her first novel.

Insatiable delivered all of Daisy’s humour and thoughtfulness, and I appreciated the way the novel, like a lot of her work, the subject of loneliness many women face in their late twenties - that feeling of being completely lost when the pressure to have it together feels like it’s never been higher.

like some of the other reviewers, I felt like the novel was heavy on sex and just a little bit light narrative - while I’m perfectly happy for some dirty scenes, it felt like a few of them came at the expense of connecting plot dots, so that was a bit of a shame.

still, I’d definitely recommend this novel to fans of Daisy’s work! Charly Clive’s narration was excellent too :)

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  • Anne Wake
  • 01-05-2021

Very strange concept

Not my type of book. Odd. Not much of a story at all. Didn't enjoy the little bit that I did listen to.

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  • miss jl bovis
  • 23-04-2021

Terrible

Terrible plot and awful characters. Didn’t get the point of it at all. Cannot believe it was compared to jilly cooper, couldn’t be further from her work.

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  • 06-03-2021

Lacking in substance

Started off really well but the storyline was weak and soon went downhill. Sex aside, there was no substance to it all all, and even that wasn’t particularly thrilling once the novelty wore off.

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  • the typist
  • 27-02-2021

Hilarious, brilliant, frustrating...

I love this book. I think the lead character is a potent mix of Fleabag and Bridget Jones. I love the story, and I adored how it unfolded in surprising and original ways.

I honestly think that had certain things been left out and the ending not been so pat and neatly tied up, this book could’ve been up there with some of the best novels written in the past two decades.

Unfortunately it veers slightly too close to cliche with all of the middle-class baiting and – what I felt was – subliminal adoration of that lifestyle. It felt like it was trying to pop the bubble, whilst also holding it up and telling us how shiny and beautiful it is.

The ending is the biggest let down however, I wanted the lead character to sail off into the sunset as a miserable failure – much like life. But this is fiction and she ends up getting it all. Which is kind of nice but slightly insulting to the reader.

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  • Amy
  • 27-02-2021

Effectively porn

I'm usually fairly trusting of Dolly Alderton's recommendations, so purchased this with little hesitation after she'd plugged it on Instagram. Stuck with it until around a third of the way through, but absolutely not for me, I'm afraid. The performance is fair, but any semblance of a narrative appears to operate solely as a vehicle for one pornographic scene to lead into another. If sex is the plot (which it very much appears to be), then the entirety of the story around it is the literary equivalent of the bit where the man arrives to fix the washing machine. Personally, I like a bit more story to my story, but if you're looking for a more explicit, less compelling 50 Shades, then this may well be for you.

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