In Case of Emergency
ebook ∣ A feel good, funny and uplifting book that is impossible to put down
By Poorna Bell
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'It is a joy to read a debut that has such heart, humour, and pathos' Taylor Jenkins Reid
'The book of the summer!' Stylist
'A witty and thought-provoking read' Woman and Home
When Bel Kumar leaves for work in the morning, the last thing she expects is to wake up in hospital later that day - with her ex from four years ago by her bedside.
It turns out that:
1) She has had a near-death accident outside work
2) She urgently needs to replace her ex with another next of kin on her HR form
But who can Bel turn to in a crisis? She has never been good at asking for help, but she knows she needs to reconnect with the most important people from her past.
Within days she is navigating complex family history, old school friendships and romantic encounters - with consequences she never could have predicted.
Perhaps the worst day of Bel's life will turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to her . . .
'An instant rom-com classic!' Lindsey Kelk
'A novel of self-realisation and the freeing power of defying both familial and societal expectations. It is simply impossible not to root for Bel' CultureFly
'This book reminds us all that no matter how capable we might be, we are nothing if not properly connected to those around us' Laura Jane Williams
'A gorgeous read full of warmth, humour and relatable moments that make you realise you are less alone in the world. The perfect book to curl up with this summer. I adored it!' Salma El-Wardany
'Funny and clever with a ton of swagger' Stacey Duguid
'I inhaled this book. You really root for Poorna's characters. They are both relatable and relevant' Natasha Devon
'We loved this warm and thoughtful read' Sun on Sunday
'Journalist Bell writes with panache about a young woman finding herself... and finding what matters' Daily Mail
'This smart and incisive debut novel explores the pressures placed on women and reflects the full intricacies, joys and nuance of life as a British South Asian woman in the UK today' Stylist
'Bel is wonderfully flawed and relatable, and this is a witty, thought-provoking read. Great 90's references too' Woman Magazine
'There is a moment in which the author describes the first sparks of love, a feeling so small yet unstoppable, with such aching delicacy it took my breath away!' Ranvir Singh
'In Case of Emergency explored some intricacies of growing up British Indian and the way Bel and her sister have taken radically different paths in life' Better Words