Speak to me


When Kurt’s phone rings during sex – and he reaches to pick it up – Susan knows that their marriage has passed the point of no return. Since they swapped their family home for an ‘executive’ newbuild on an estate still under construction, she has felt ever more aware that there is something missing in her life: the absence of any kind of meaningful communication with Kurt, who only has Facetime for Wendy (the nickname she has given to the ubiquitous phone), or her twin boys, with whom she communicates via notes left on the middle shelf of the fridge. This sense of loss becomes increasingly focused on a cache of handwritten letters, from her first love, Antony, mementoes of a time when devotion seemed to spill out easily onto paper. Increasingly desperate, Susan embarks on a journey of discovery that will reconnect her to her younger self, while simultaneously revealing her future.

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*An Elle Summer Read 2023*
‘Cocozza’s writing is addictive… her sharp observations steal the show ‘ Joanna Cannon, Guardian
‘Searing, perceptive, shattering’ Observer

‘Charming, very touching and very funny. Taut and full of surprises’ Tessa Hadley

I shall explain about our marriage. We have a modern version of a long-distance relationship. We share a house, but live in different historical eras…

What happens in a relationship when your partner only has eyes for their new phone?

What happens when you lose a treasured possession – a hoard of love letters documenting a relationship that never really ended – and this loss becomes an obsession?

Speak to Me is the story of a woman’s quest, in a world ruled by screens and devices, for a conversation that will unlock who she once was, and what she really wants now. Keenly observed, tender and sharply funny, this is a book about all the ways we say, and don’t say, the things in our hearts.

Additional information

Weight 0.38 kg
Dimensions 22 × 14.6 × 2.8 cm










Hardback original


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K