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‘A startlingly great debut. Holly’s beautiful prose smoulders, crackles and roars’ Daisy Buchanan

‘Delightful, insightful and immersive’ Kate Eberlen

‘An unforgettable story with writing that sparkles: a gem of a read’ Holly Miller


What if you met the right person at the wrong time?

‘Al looked up, shook his fringe off his face, and met her eyes, which looked somehow very dark and very bright at the same time.

Their gazes locked, like two halves of a magnet meeting, with an irresistible, silent click.

Time stopped again, and this time, it stopped for Violet as well.’


A startlingly great debut. Holly's beautiful prose smoulders, crackles and roars, but it's the storytelling that really astonishes. Propulsive, immersive, a book you can really live in. This book is masterfully crafted, brilliantly socially observed, but most of all it's a dazzlingly and painfully resonant exploration of the way women live, and how our freedom must be cherished and protected.
Daisy Buchanan
What Time is Love? is not only a beautifully told love story but also a fascinating account of the changing social mores of the 20th century. I found it delightful, insightful and immersive.
Kate Eberlen
A unique and wonderfully crafted debut, What Time Is Love? has it all - nostalgia and romance, captivating characters and stunning prose. It's a truly tender, thought-provoking exploration of what makes a relationship work - and of how, when it comes to love, timing is sometimes everything. An unforgettable story with writing that sparkles: a gem of a read.
Holly Miller
Holly Williams has written a stunning, skilful, deftly drawn, cockle-warmer of a novel that somehow sweeps you through half a century while feeling like a leisurely afternoon. Prose so good I couldn't stop underlining.
Lauren Bravo
A fiercely original novel on the powerful effect circumstance and timing has on life, on love. A brave and astute write on politics, with feisty and complex protagonists in Albert and Violet, What Time Is Love? skilfully excavates the great questions of our modern age; the battle for equality, the difficulty that is marriage and the inter-generational effects of class on the individual. A wonderful, original and powerful debut by the very talented Holly Williams. She is wild and brilliant.
Elaine Feeney