The Actual One: How I Tried, and Failed, to Avoid Adulthood Forever

By Isy Suttie
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6.88 Hours 01/31/2017 unabridged
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Isy Suttie wakes up one day in her late twenties to discover that the deal she’d struck with her friends, to put off growing up for as long as possible, had been entirely in her head. Everyone around her is suddenly into mortgages, farmers’ markets, and going off the Pill, rather than running naked into the sea or getting hammered in a country pub with eighty-year-old men. After a particularly crushing breakup precipitated by Isy’s gifting of a human-size papier-mâché penguin to her boyfriend, her dearest friend advises Isy not to worry: the next guy she meets will be the Actual One. Heartened by this promise, Isy decides to keep delaying the onset of adulthood, whether that means standing on the side of a highway in nothing but an old fur coat and sneakers, dating a man who speaks only in rhyme, or conquering her fears of Alpine skiing by wildly overestimating her athletic ability. Insightful and laugh-out-loud funny, The Actual One is an ode to the confusing wilderness of your late twenties, alongside a quest for a genuinely good relationship . . . or at the very least, a good story to tell.

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Summary

Isy Suttie wakes up one day in her late twenties to discover that the deal she’d struck with her friends, to put off growing up for as long as possible, had been entirely in her head. Everyone around her is suddenly into mortgages, farmers’ markets, and going off the Pill, rather than running naked into the sea or getting hammered in a country pub with eighty-year-old men.

After a particularly crushing breakup precipitated by Isy’s gifting of a human-size papier-mâché penguin to her boyfriend, her dearest friend advises Isy not to worry: the next guy she meets will be the Actual One.

Heartened by this promise, Isy decides to keep delaying the onset of adulthood, whether that means standing on the side of a highway in nothing but an old fur coat and sneakers, dating a man who speaks only in rhyme, or conquering her fears of Alpine skiing by wildly overestimating her athletic ability. Insightful and laugh-out-loud funny, The Actual One is an ode to the confusing wilderness of your late twenties, alongside a quest for a genuinely good relationship . . . or at the very least, a good story to tell.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A very funny look at trying to avoid adulthood.” Stylist (UK)
“You might know Isy as Dobby from Peep Show, but if you’ve heard her Radio 4 series Love Letters, you’ll be familiar with her charming, rambling storytelling style. It’s put to delightful effect here in a memoir about her 20s, which spans her years avoiding responsibility, chasing comedy success and her (slightly reluctant) search for “The One.” The line where she compares bums to Switzerland is still making us laugh.” Glamour (UK)
“Suttie’s mix of human observation and self-examination makes her a cross between Lena Dunham and Victoria Wood. The Actual One is about the moment she realised all her friends were growing up, and the deal they’d all made to stay young for ever was only in her head.” Sunday Times (London)
“An entertaining read.” Publishers Weekly
“Suttie’s writing style is light and creative, and both fans of this British comedian and readers looking for a smart, funny read will speed through her literary debut.” Booklist
“How a British comedian and actress has tried to avoid growing up at all costs…Waggish entertainment on a single woman’s search for a life partner.” Kirkus Reviews
The Actual One is a total delight: the perfect read for anyone who has ever felt frustrated and bewildered by the concept of “The One,” which is to say, probably just about everyone. Isy Suttie’s stories about dating, drinking, and disaster - sometimes all three at once - made me laugh out loud so often I annoyed the people in my immediate surroundings.” Katie Heaney, author of Never Have I Ever and Dear Emma

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Author Bio: Isy Suttie

Isy Suttie is an award-winning comedian, writer, songsmith, and actress. With a string of television acting credits to her name, including Shameless, Whites, and Skins, she is perhaps best known for playing Dobby in Peep Show. She has been nominated twice for a British Comedy Award for acting. She also regularly performs her own shows to live audiences, on radio and at the Edinburgh Festival. The second series of her Sony award-winning radio series Isy Suttie’s Love Letters was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2014. In 2014 she made her musical theater debut as the starring role in The A-Z of Mrs P at the Southwark Playhouse.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 6.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English