My debut novel is now out in the world… available in hardback, as an eBook and as an audiobook. For links to online retailers, click here, or The LRB Bookshop and Waterstones in Sheffield have some signed copies!
What Time is Love? has been sold in 13 countries so far – the most recent being Hungary and Estonia – and has been getting some wonderful reviews and coverage in the UK…
“Williams has written a brilliant, witty, defiantly unsentimental examination of privilege and class and sex and selfhood. It is a testament to the quality of both the premise and its execution that, even after nearly 400 pages, I was left wanting more.” review by Marianne Levy, The i
“The shifting eras of the novel’s backdrop shape three distinct sections that combine the fizz of a romance with an earnest inquiry into the vastly changing (in some respects at least) fortunes of women in the second half of the 20th century, along with questions of class and privilege, and a glimpse into the history of British socialism … Williams has an invigorating way of switching between their viewpoints mid-scene, underscoring their togetherness even as she highlights the moments at which their experience diverges. What makes her novel so interesting is that while readers will root for the characters as a couple, their struggles as individuals make them more endearing still.” review by Hephzibah Anderson, The Observer
“Williams’s engaging debut asks an eternal question: what if you meet the right person at the wrong time? They first meet at the age of 20 in 1947, and in a neatly structured plot twist, again in 1967 and 1987, freshly embarking on a relationship that is challenged each time by politics, protests and the clash of their differing classes.” review by Eithne Farry, The Mail on Sunday
- Waterstones have selected What Time is Love? as one of May’s best books! And I wrote a blog for the Waterstones website, reflecting on the great lovers of classic literature and why we are still so drawn to certain romantic heroines.
- It was chosen as one of the Evening Standard‘s ‘best books of 2022‘ and a pick for World Book Day, in some astonishingly good company…
- It was a ‘Spring pick 2022‘ from The London Review of Books bookshop.
- Cosmopolitan picked it as one of their ‘hottest new beach reads‘.
- And it was one of Metro‘s ‘best summer novels‘.
- I’m in The Independent, discussing the inspiration for the novel and why I wanted to write a love story that considered the impact of changing times on romantic relationships.
- I’m in The Telegraph writing about how has literature captured love through the ages – ‘From irresistible bad boys to suburban swingers’
- And I’m in Cosmopolitan writing about how inequality continues to affect relationships, even today.
- Bella magazine included What Time is Love? as a book recommendation in June
- Best magazine included it as in a ‘Best books for June’ feature