A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick | A New York Times bestseller | A Richard & Judy Book Club Pick | Shortlisted for the Best First Novel Award

by Sarah Haywood

Out now

The Cactus

It’s never too late to bloom …

The Cactus will be compared to Gail Honeyman’s 2017 hit, the appealingly eccentric Eleanor Oliphant Is Absolutely Fine

The Sunday Times

‘An original, engaging, and totally believable character’

Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project

‘Wonderfully funny and astute’


‘This book is charming and easy to read, the perfect tonic to this absurdly grey February’

The Pool

‘Funny, compelling, well-written…for fans of Marian Keyes who demand a bit of grit in their comic writing’

Emerald Street

‘Legal battles, lapses of logic and the joys and fears of motherhood are explored in this astute, funny and moving novel of a woman learning how to let go’

Daily Mail

People aren’t sure what to make of Susan Green. Family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself. 

At forty-five, she thinks her life is perfect. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a steady job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. 

Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. And things can only get worse . . . at least in Susan’s eyes.

This sparkling debut is a breath of fresh air with real heart and a powerful emotional punch. In Susan we find a character as exasperating and delightful as The Rosie Project’s Don Tillman. An uncompromising feminist and a fierce fighter, it’s a joy to watch her bloom.



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SarahHayward by Rebecca Thomas © Hodder & Stoughton 2017

Sarah Haywood was born in Birmingham. After studying Law, she worked in London and Birkenhead as a solicitor, in Toxteth as an advice worker, and in Manchester as an investigator of complaints about lawyers.

She now lives in Liverpool with her husband and two sons.

Sarah’s website




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