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Publisher's Summary

Eileen is sick of being 79. 

Leena's tired of life in her 20s. 

Maybe it's time they swapped places.... 

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen's house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn 80. She'd like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn't offer many eligible gentlemen. 

Once Leena learns of Eileen's romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another's shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected. 

Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn't as romantic as she hoped it would be and then there is the annoyingly perfect - and distractingly handsome - school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought? 

©2020 Beth O'Leary Ltd (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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Pitch perfect

This book was exactly what the doctor ordered. Pithy and clever writing. Great characters. Some of the best narration I’ve heard in ages. Hooked me in all the way and left me with a lovely warm feeling when it was done.

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So funny and lovely

Absolutely loved The Switch! I was laughing out loud on numerous occasions. It is really nice to escape the world to somewhere so peaceful and beautiful. Also loved Beth O'Leary The Flatshare too 😍

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Brilliant

Eileen Cotton OMG what an amazing woman, I need someone like her in my life, we all do!

When Leena is asked (told)to take a couple of months leave from her corporate job in London. After a chat with her grandmother Eileen she decides to head home to the Yorkshire Dales and swap lives with her. Eileen moves to London for two months and this is where all the fun begins as both fit into the others space.

Its written as a dual narrative alternating between the two, the conversations and banter between all the characters is fabulously written and narrated.

If you are a fan of Beth O’Leary’s debut novel The Flatshare you are going to love this one. Without a doubt it’s a five star read! I am very much looking forward to her future novels!!

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  • Sue
  • 15-06-2021

Quite good fun

A fun story involving a grandmother and grandaughter switching lives for a few weeks. A very enjoyable listen.

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fantastic book

I absolutely loved this book. loved the characters and the story. would definitely recommend

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great read

once I got though the beginning of the book I loved it and couldn't stop listening to it. laugh out load moments and tearful moments to. great relax listen and makes you think about the older generation.

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Truely Moving

This story really gave me a new perspective. While it did take me a few chapters to get invested, I ended up crying happy tears as a listened to the ending, in bed, in the middle of the night.

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cute story

Took me a while to get hooked but then I loved it! the story was inspiring.

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Adventure & reality

The 2 main characters Eileen and Leena have very relatable emotions and back stories. it's a book of true to life events with a nice dash of adventure to inspire people out of the daily grind and into trying something new.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable!

Really enjoyed this for a cute, easy listen for my commute. The characters were interesting and engaging and the relationship between Eileen and Leena was wonderful. Some bits predictable but nevertheless an excellent book. Excellent narration too!

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  • Lina
  • 17-03-2021

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Book was fun to hear but I was hearing the narrator’s mouth clicks all through! I had to stop listening several times so I cohld focus on something else.
The books itself is really nice and fun to hear. Light, yet has a message behind it.



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  • Bronwyn
  • 31-01-2021

Brilliant!

Narrators were perfect. Story was so well written. Characters were believable and relatable. I had genuine moments of joy and fun, with a few laugh out loud moments too. I thoroughly recommend this story. It’s an A+!
(And if you haven’t heard The Flatshare by the same author, download it now!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-2021

easy and funny love story

Really nice book, sometimes funny, I love how it shows the world from young end old perspective, the love story in the book is expected from the beginning so there is not much anticipation, but still a great listen :)

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  • Mrs. Julie A. Keary
  • 23-04-2020

Feel good- but not quite believable

I downloaded this book because I had enjoyed’The Flat Share’. However, This book wasn’t quite as well put together. Felt that the older characters were too old to be doing the things described, and I can’t see a reason for them having to be so old. Had they been 10 years younger, it would have been much more believable. It was a warm-hearted tale but perhaps a little trite and stretched the limits of reality a little too much.

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  • Katie Ingram
  • 16-04-2020

Defo get!!!

Such an amazing book I haven’t stopped listening all day, I haven’t laughed at a book like this in a long time, so funny. Love the characters. Beth O’Leary is amazing I loved this one as much as the flat share and can’t wait for her to bring out another. I will 100% be listening to this book again and again.

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  • Jennifer Carter
  • 19-07-2020

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An average listen the narrator has a habit of making very noisy mouth sounds ... it’s off putting

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-2020

Not as good a previous book by same author

okay if you are looking for happy ending distracting trash in lockdown. Shame as really enjoyed Flatmate by same author

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  • NumptyDoo
  • 29-07-2020

Excellent book!

i bought this immediately after finishing Flatshare in hope it could be nearly half as good. I gave Flatshare 5* and this is even better! its a roller-coaster of emotions, often funny, sometimes gloriously sad, always brilliant! If Beth O'Leary isn't the successor to JK Rowling as a world
class writing sensation there's no justice in the world!

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  • mr k a lewis
  • 24-04-2020

As close to perfect as you can get!!

Anyone who has read The Flatshare will have been waiting with bated breath for the new book by Beth O'Leary. And believe me, this does not disappoint! I'll be honest this would not normally be the type of book I would listen to but after reading the reviews for The Flatshare and loving it, I had pre-ordered The Switch and waited patiently. It was worth the wait and more, a book filled with fun, emotion and above all heart. Rarely have I laughed out loud so much. Special mention to Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones, who both give a masterclass on how to perfectly capture the characters and lift them from the page, outstanding. I cannot recommend both books by Beth O'Leary highly enough.

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  • Priya
  • 12-05-2020

Hard to listen to the Audio

One of the voices is really difficult to listen to if you have misophonia :-( I’m struggling to get to the end of chapter 2.

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  • K Miles
  • 21-04-2020

Brilliant narration of a fab book!

I loved Beth O’Leary’s debut novel, The Flatshare and was hoping her second book, The Switch, would live up to her earlier work. I’m pleased to say it absolutely did! The Switch was a fun, heartwarming story that I enjoyed immensely. The narrators, Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones were perfect choices for Eileen and Leena. 5 star performances all round!

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  • Kay
  • 19-04-2020

Another hit

If you like The Flat Share then you’ll love this book even more. Such lovable characters & perfect narration.

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  • Lindsay Joanne
  • 11-12-2020

Boring and predictable

Boring and predictable. Would not recommend. I found the interfering particularly annoying. Lena gives up a career cos she finds a man etc.. Didnt enjoy it.

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