June’s Are You Sitting Comfortably?

The End of Summer by Charlotte Philby

The End of Summer by Charlotte Philby

The End of Summer – Charlotte Philby


Please believe me when I tell you that June’s Are You Sitting Comfortably is a novel you’ll devour in one sitting.  I was utterly gripped.  It’s so good in fact that Rebecca and I are delighted to be bringing it to you as an early exclusive.  


Our guest author this month is none other than Charlotte Philby.  Known for her compulsive reads, Charlotte’s books have topped all sorts of lists – espionage thriller, Part of the Family was Waterstones’ Thriller of the Month and an editor’s pick on Radio 4’s Open Book and historical spy novel based on the true story of Edith Tudor-Hart, Edith and Kim, was a best book of 2022 in The Times, the Sunday Times, New Statesman and Literary Review.  Charlotte worked for The Independent for eight years as a columnist, editor and reporter and was shortlisted for the Cudlipp Prize for her investigative journalism at the 2013 Press Awards.  A former contributing editor and feature writer at Marie Claire, she has written for the New Statesman, Elle, Telegraph, Guardian and Sunday Times.  She has been interviewed on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking, BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends and presented documentaries for the BBC World Service and The One Show. Charlotte is also the granddaughter of Britain’s most infamous communist double-agent, the elusive ‘third man’ in the Cambridge spy ring, Kim Philby.

The utterly gorgeous Charlotte Philby


Her latest and fifth novel is just what readers have come to love and expect from her writing – a fabulously tight plot with plenty of twists and turns and a huge dose of intrigue woven throughout beautifully.  Charlotte Philby’s The End of Summer is the perfect literary suspense – a psychological thriller if you will – with a story of deception and betrayal and the bond between mothers and daughters at its heart.  Taking us from Cape Cod to London, New York to the south of France, The End of Summer unravels slowly and with such sultriness, transporting the reader from the 1980s to the present day.  As the past begins to invade the present, the novel explores the question – do we ever really know the people closest to us?  Complex female characters and more than a few secrets and skeletons in the closet to contend with – this is deadly glamour at its very best.  

Image of CP copyright: Prasad Ramamurthy


Judy Harrington is no slave to anyone, nor anything. Not at her age, not ever.


Imagine if your mother turned out not to be the person you thought she was.


When the phone rings in Judy McVee’s Languedoc farmhouse, she knows her past has finally caught up with her. It’s her daughter, frantically asking why there are journalists on her London doorstep making terrible accusations.


Decades earlier, Judy was a girl with big plans – to ensnare a rich husband, to make something of herself, to rise above her upbringing and leave behind past tragedies. Wealthy young widower Rory Harrington seemed the perfect target – but Judy hadn’t reckoned on actually falling in love with him.


Now her daughter Francesca, who has secrets of her own, must come to terms with the realisation that the mother she thought she knew wasn’t real. Where has Judy gone – and was anything she told her family true?


Join Rebecca and I on Monday 17th June at 7pm Live on Instagram as we chat to our guest author Charlotte Philby about her compelling new novel – exclusively for Are You Sitting Comfortably – ahead of publication day for The End of Summer on 20th June.

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