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Two Metres From You

Heidi Stephens

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Gemma isn’t sure what upsets her more – the fact that she just caught her boyfriend cheating, or that he did it on her brand new Heal’s cushions. All she knows is she needs to put as many miles between her and Fraser as humanly possible. So when her best friend suggests a restorative few days in the West Country, it seems like the perfect solution. That is, until the country enters a national lockdown that leaves her stranded with her dog, Mabel, and the mysterious (and handsome!) stranger who lives at the bottom of her garden …

Heidi has spent her career working in marketing and advertising; some of her early writing work includes instruction manuals for vacuum cleaners, saucepans and sex toys. Since 2008 she has also freelanced as a journalist and, on autumnal weekend evenings, can be found liveblogging Strictly Come Dancing for The Guardian. She wrote her debut novel Two Metres From You whilst furloughed in 2020, and lives in Wiltshire with her partner Pip and Labrador Mabel.