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Available From 21 May 2020
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Released May 14, 2020
ISBN 9781409185796

£14.99

A widow puts up adverts to 'Rent a Granny' in an attempt to reconnect with people... it's not until she finds Eliza, a student recently free of an abusive relationship, that she truly starts to feel less alone.


Ada is a widowed writer, navigating loneliness in Oxford after the death of her husband. She has no children. No grandchildren. She fears she is becoming peripheral, another invisible woman.


Eliza is a student at the university. She finds it difficult to form meaningful relationships after the estrangement of her mother and breakup with her girlfriend.


Can they find what they are looking for in each other, and cast off their isolation for good?



'A love story of intergenerational friendship that is perfect for these divisive times. Leaf's writing is warm and lyrically funny - she has an eye for details both sublime and ridiculous. Looking for Eliza is an intelligent and big-hearted read with the human condition at its core.' - Harriet Walker, author of The New Girl

An exquisite story of connection and loss, and how a person can change another person's life. Full of heartache yet joyful and life-affirming, this is for readers who enjoyed Elizabeth is Missing, Tin Man and Expectation.

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Leaf Arbuthnot

Leaf Arbuthnot is an author and journalist. Her first novel, Looking for Eliza, is about an unlikely friendship between a cranky widowed poet, Ada, who starts a business in Oxford selling her services as a grandmother for hire, and her neighbour Eliza, a skint, bisexual Cumbrian doing a doctorate.
Leaf has written for the likes of The Sunday Times, The Guardian and Vogue. Subjects of her interviews include Hilary Mantel, Prince Charles, Jilly Cooper and Ellen Page, and she is a judge in this year's Forward Prizes for Poetry. She studied modern languages at Cambridge and lives in south London. Looking for Eliza is her first novel.

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