Sad Janet

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781409198673

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A whip-smart, dark comedy for fans of Sally Rooney, Fleabag and My Year of Rest and Relaxation
‘Janet is my soulmate’ LUCY MANGAN
‘Surprising and irreverent’ NEW YORK TIMES


If there was a pill that promised happiness… Would you take it?

Meet Janet. Janet is sad. Not about her life, about the world. Have you seen it these days?

The thing is, she’s not out to make anyone else sad. She’s not turning up to weddings shouting that most marriages end in divorce. She just wants to wear her giant coat, get rid of her passive-aggressive boyfriend, and avoid human interaction at the rundown dog shelter where she works.

That is, until word spreads about a new pill that promises cynics like her one day off from being sad. When her family stages an intervention, and the prospect of making it through Christmas alone seems like too much, Janet finally decides to give them what they want. What follows is life-changing for all concerned – in ways no one quite expects.

Hilarious, provocative and profound, Sad Janet is the antidote to our happiness-obsessed world.



‘The dog-whispering, post-Goth cousin to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag’ CLAUDIA DEY

‘Like a grown up Daria’ HELEN MCCLORY

‘If you’re a Halle Butler fan or like despair cut with humour, you’ll love this’ Leigh Stein, author of SELF CARE

‘As I was reading this, my partner kept asking why I was laughing. This book is dark and hilarious and will speak to everyone who’s ever wondered why they spend time with humans and not just dogs’ Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Starling Days and Harmless Like You

‘A tragicomic riot of a book – charging, foul-mouthed and tender, across the modern condition’ Claudia Dey, author of Heartbreaker

‘Try reading Sad Janet … It might just make you happy’ Marcy Demansky, author of Very Nice

‘A biting, pitch-perfect novel about one woman’s desire to stay true to herself in a world that rewards facile happiness … a dazzling debut’ Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

‘The narrative voice of Janet in Britsch’s debut novel is a skin-tingling combination of new and necessary’ Booklist starred review

‘Loved this book… it made me lol via the dark humour and dry observations. An artful take on the “happiness economy”‘ Emma Gannon, author of Olive

‘I loved SAD JANET’S cynical humour. Superbly original, with spot-on one-liners. Brilliantly bleak, but with a spark of hope’ Caroline Hulse, author of The Adults

‘Hilarious, wise, wicked and tender’ CYNTHIA D’APRIX SWEENEY

‘Loved this book’ EMMA GANNON

‘Sharp, sad, hilarious’ CLARE BEAMS

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Britsch's tart debut is a wicked satire of our obsession with happiness
Told in Janet's distinctive voice, I found this engaging satirical novel very funny
Daily Mail
Surprising and irreverent...Be prepared for edginess, dark humor and profanity
Sharp, sad, hilarious
As I was reading this, my partner kept asking why I was laughing. This book is dark and hilarious and will speak to everyone who's ever wondered why they spend time with humans and not just dogs
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
A narrator like a grown up Daria, still trying to live authentically while wracked with depression. Funny and sharp as hell.
Sharply observed, dark and full of wit
A strangely exuberant meditation on sadness
A whipsmart, biting piece of tragicomedy which manages to inspire real laughter while celebrating sadness. Hilarious, profound and deeply refreshing
BRILLIANT. Janet is my soulmate. If ever there was a year you needed a brutally hilarious story abt the need for dedicated anti-depressants to deal with an oncoming Christmas THIS IS IT. I loved it deeply
I am LOVING this book! Sentence after sentence of funny lil gems