We are thrilled to announce that The Shelf by Helly Acton is a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick. Publishing in hardback today, the debut will be featured on BBC Radio 2 Book Club with Jo Whiley on Monday 13th  July from 7 – 9pm.

Described by Marian Keyes as Utter PERFECTION!’ and with an audiobook narrated by Daisy Edgar Jones, The Shelf is a funny, feminist and all-too-relatable novel about our obsession with coupling up, settling down and the battle we all have with accepting ourselves.


Ever feel like you’re losing a race you never signed up for?

Everyone in Amy’s life seems to be getting married, having children and settling down (or so Instagram tells her), and she feels like she’s falling behind.

So, when her long-term boyfriend surprises her with a dream holiday, she thinks he’s going to finally pop the Big Question. But the dream turns into a nightmare when, instead, she finds herself on the set of a Big Brother-style reality television show, The Shelf.

Along with five other women, Amy is brutally dumped live on TV and must compete in a series of humiliating and obnoxious tasks in the hope of being crowned ‘The Keeper’.

While inside the house, will Amy learn that there are worse things than being ‘left on the shelf’?


Congratulations Helly – we’ll all be tuning in on the 13th July to hear more about The Shelf.