Publication Date: 11/05/2023 ISBN: 9781526651792 Category:

Gwen and Art Are Not in Love

Lex Croucher

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: 11/05/2023 ISBN: 9781526651792 Category:
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Arthur Delacey is – in Princess Gwen’s opinion – the devil incarnate. Gwen and Art are not in love. Rather inconvenently, however, they are betrothed. So when Gwen catches Art kissing a stable boy, and Art digs up Gwen’s breathless diary entries of her gushing over the kingdom’s only Lady Knight, there begins an uneasy truce. Fun, fresh and fiesty, this is more than a love story.

Lex’s first YA novel contains all the humour and heart of their adult regency romance hits ‘Reputation’, ‘Infamous’ and ‘Trouble’, in an entirely new setting. Centuries after the age of Arthur, the English court is still at Camelot, and the country is in turmoil. Tournaments, royal assassination attempts, swords and… well, a cult determined that sorcery does still exist! This book has it all.

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‘Exactly what I needed right now – a delightful, heartwarming, hilarious historical romp, overflowing with queer panic and terrible jokes. I loved it’ – ALICE OSEMAN, bestselling author of HEARTSTOPPER

‘Fun and genuinely funny, with lovely friendships and first-rate dialogue. Gwen and Art may not be in love, but I fell for both of them’ – RAINBOW ROWELL, #New York Times bestselling author of the SIMON SNOW trilogy

* Winner of the Books Are My Bag Readers’ Award for Young Adult Fiction *
* Shortlisted for the Cafe Nero Children’s Fiction Award *
* Instant New York Times Bestseller*

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Gwen, the quick-witted Princess of England, and Arthur, future lord and general gadabout, have been betrothed since birth. Unfortunately, the only thing they can agree on is that they hate each other.

When Gwen catches Art kissing a boy and Art discovers where Gwen hides her diary (complete with racy entries about Bridget Leclair, the kingdom’s only female knight), they become reluctant allies. By pretending to fall for each other, their mutual protection will be assured.

But how long can they keep up the ruse? With Gwen growing closer to Bridget, and Art becoming unaccountably fond of Gabriel, Gwen’s infuriatingly serious, bookish brother, the path to true love is looking far from straight …
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‘A total rollicking delight … Lex Croucher is one of my favourite romcom authors, and they should be yours too’ – CASEY MCQUISTON, #1 New York Times bestselling author of I KISSED SHARA WHEELER and RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

‘Congrats to Gwen and Arthur on their permanent acquisition of my ENTIRE heart. Suffice it to say that I loved this book to a degree that’s slightly ridiculous’ – BECKY ALBERTALLI, bestselling author of SIMON VS. THE HOMOSAPIENS AGENDA

Publisher Review

Congrats to Gwen and Arthur on their permanent acquisition of my ENTIRE heart. Suffice it to say that I loved this book to a degree that’s slightly ridiculous * BECKY ALBERTALLI, bestselling author of SIMON VS. THE HOMOSAPIENS AGENDA * GWEN AND ART was exactly what I need right now – a delightful, heart-warming, hilarious historical romp, overflowing with queer panic and terrible jokes. I loved it. * ALICE OSEMAN, bestselling author of HEARTSTOPPER * Fun and genuinely funny, with lovely friendships and first-rate dialogue. Gwen and Art may not be in love, but I fell for them both. * RAINBOW ROWELL, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the SIMON SNOW Trilogy * An utter delight. Croucher conjures a fresh new Camelot, full of jousts, hijinks and exuberantly queer characters that will make you swoon. This is the gay Camelot I always wanted! * C S PACAT * This book does a flirty tango with the Arthurian legends while also sticking a KICK ME sign on their back: it contains enough sword fights and banter to keep the pages flying, but it’s also a sharp and compassionate look at the terrifying wonder of being a queer young person coming to terms with yourself. GWEN AND ART ARE NOT IN LOVE is a work of hilarious and heart-mending genius. I read it in a joyous rush and I can’t wait to buy it for literally everyone I know. * FREYA MARSKE *

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