MY THIRD NOVEL IS HERE! (nearly)

Hi gang. Happy Sunday!

Thanks for taking time out from your roast chickens to visit my blog.

So: here is some big fat hairy hews about my third novel!

1. IT IS OUT ON JULY 7TH

2. IT IS CALLED THE UNFINISHED SYMPHONY OF YOU AND ME

Lucy Robinson's INCREDIBLE third novel!3. PENGUIN HAVE TRIUMPHED YET AGAIN WITH THE JACKET! HERE IT IS! ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL? I know I’m a bit biased but I think my book jackets may be the loveliest book jackets in the world. If you’ve bought a hard copy of either of my existing books you’ll know that they’re all tactile and textured – the kind of thing you’d like to stroke languidly across your face while eating melted chocolate and bathing in champagne, perhaps with a handsome man nibbling at your toes. Thanks, Penguin, for coming up with another classic.

4. HERE IS ALL THE INFORMATION I CAN GIVE YOU ABOUT THE BOOK!

The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me by Lucy Robinson

It was an emergency. Tomorrow I was starting a post-graduate diploma in opera at the Royal College of Music, alongside ten of the world’s most talented young singers. Even though I was not a performer of any kind. Let alone an opera singer, with a wardrobe full of satin gowns and a family who owned a large country estate in Gloucestershire with butlers and horses. I was a quiet girl from a council estate in the Midlands, who hated attention. Did you hear me? I was not an opera singer.

Sally is an outstanding singer but only in her wardrobe where nobody can hear her. She’d rather join a nudist colony than sing in public.

For years she’s kept her talent a secret while working as a wardrobe mistress at the Royal Opera House. But a wild, heady summer of love and loss in New York changes her forever and she returns to London having made a promise to step out of the shadows and into the limelight.

The night before she begins her new life at opera school, a beautiful man turns up on Sally’s doorstep bearing a sheepish smile and a mysterious hand-written message. With him come the best and worst memories of Sally’s life and she all-but passes out in the hallway.

How did he find her? Why is he here? Does he hold the truth to what happened back in New York? And, with him back on the scene, how will she manage to keep her promise?

Writing this novel really has been a labour of love. It took months of research, even more months of crazed writing and – like any good novel – a few tears too. It’s definitely the toughest book I’ve ever written but now it’s finished I couldn’t be more proud. Even now, after nearly two years of it washing around inside my head, it can make me laugh and cry. Like most writers I’m horribly critical of my work and I still hate reading my first two books (wazzock, Robinson!) but this . . . This one’s different for me. I love it with all my little heart and I can’t WAIT for you to read it.

And as most of you will know, I got ill just before I finished editing it so I had to put it (and myself) to bed for six long, painful months. At times I wondered if I’d ever be well enough to finish the damn thing. But I did, and it’s here! Nearly. Thank you all for the lovely words of encouragement while I was ill. You lot and your enthusiasm for my sweary ramblings made one thing abundantly clear: I had to get better and carry on being a writer as soon as humanely possible. So I did. And I thank you.

And . . . Hurrah!

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18 Responses to MY THIRD NOVEL IS HERE! (nearly)

  1. Emma Louise says:

    Hi lovely,

    So happy to hear you’re back on your feet. The third novel sounds incredible. I must read your other one before hand.

    If you need any help promoting, us book bloggers are more than willing.

    Lots of love,

    Emma Louise xxx

    • Steve says:

      That’s funny, I remember you slagging off Lucy’s first book on twitter.
      I suppose you really will do anything for a free book.

  2. Jo says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on it 🙂

  3. Sam Self says:

    Literally so excited! 😉 Can’t wait for July. I wish it was the Royal Academy of Music though as I work there ;D Well done for finishing it despite all those nasty obstacles. If it’s half as good as the others I’ll be unable to put it down. Also wishing I reviewed books so I got an advance copy!

  4. Sarah Llewellyn says:

    So cannot wait until July, will be my holiday read. So glad you are feeling a whole lot better & you are making your readers life’s more enjoyable, complete escapism for us
    Thank you in advance for what I know will be an amazing read x

  5. Dawn says:

    Glad you’d feeling better now and I’m soooo happy you’r new books out in July.
    I love your writing it makes me laugh out load. Definitely my hoilday read . Xx

  6. Carrie says:

    Yay – great news! Loved your first two.

  7. Valentina says:

    yayyy so excited!! I love all your books!! 🙂 xx from Argentina

  8. Sarah McEown says:

    !!!!!

    This is the best news.
    Your books are some of my most loved novels and I cannot wait to get my hands on your next piece. Having been deeply involved in the theatre/opera world some years ago, I have no doubt that it will be an emotionally charged piece for me, but worth the read all the more for the effort.
    Your fictions are seamless and captivating. I have no doubt that The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me will be a triumph!

    xo

    ~S

  9. Dreamer says:

    Yay! I absolutely cannot wait to buy and READ this one! I’m absolutely and completely in love with your books. So this will be like a second Christmas 🙂

    You say you don’t like your other two novels, but let me tell you, they are absolutely wonderful! Especially “A passionate love affair with a total stranger”. Could read it over and over again! And it has inspired me to start some of my own writing again, which, I think, is always a good thing. Not every book is inspiring and gets you to start thinking about your own life and the things you wanna do with or in it. So well done!

    • Lucy Robinson says:

      Thank you very much, Dreamer. It’s not so much that I don’t like my first two, more just that I am sick of the sight of them! And also I am quite certain that this third one is the best. Yay. Good luck with your own writing! x

  10. Aaaaargh, I’ve got to wait 6 months to read it! But it’s still fantastic news and I’ll be counting the days until it’s published. Well done for battling against your illness and still managing to write/edit another book.

  11. Luanne Goslinga says:

    Just finished reading The Greatest Love Story..I loved it so much I felt compelled to “be the first” to write a review on Amazon US. I’m a big fan of your writing–hilarious (of course) but you also really know how to write great characters and slowly unfolding love stories. I’m so weary of lust/love at first sight stories. You are a breath of fresh air!

    Luanne

    • Lucy Robinson says:

      YESSSS! I need to start getting reviews on the US site, Luanne, so you’ve done me a massive favour. Thank you so very much. And I am totally thrilled by your comments! Thank you!

  12. Clare says:

    I don’t want to wait that long … but I will like a good, good girl. How’s the next one coming? , (hoping close behind No3!, please say yes….. please…)

    It’s so good to have you back with your daily, special weirdness (only in the best, most splendorous way)

    Clare Rutt

    • Lucy Robinson says:

      Thanks Clare. The next one is going OK . . . the start of a book is always the hardest bit though so it does rather feel like I’m walking through treacle at the moment . . x

  13. hayley says:

    Yay! Looking forward to reading this! X

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