10 Books to Help Your Mourn the Loss of Fleabag

It’s not often a television show speaks to me so personally but the eponymous Fleabag, which has just ended its run on BBC2 goes down as one of the best shows of my life. It was so good I watched the entire two seasons again when the last episode had finished, and days later I am still feeling her loss as keenly as the loss of a friend.

If you haven’t watched it, then I am recommending it right now. The entire show was a masterpiece, not a line or a camera shot wasted as Fleabag dealt with the loss of her mother, the loss of her best friend, the acceptance of being an imperfect human being, and all the trials and tribulations in between.

While I was sad to see it end, that last episode was absolute perfection. I lost it at “It’s God, isn’t it?” and I don’t mind admitting I gave Fleabag an involuntary wave back at the end. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, you are a genius!

If you’re feeling as sad as I am about the loss of this wonderful friend who shared all her deepest moments with us, then we have some book recommendations that might just ease the pain.

In at The Deep End – Kate Davies

Kate Davies’ debut novel about a twenty-something looking for love is authentic, frank, funny, and racy and ticks all the Fleabag boxes for us!

In At the Deep End

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant may be the complete antithesis to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag but for sheer authenticity in female characters, it makes this list. Plus, I missed Eleanor almost as much as I am missing Fleabag!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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Nina is Not OK – Shappi Khorsandi

17-year-old Nina and her drunken exploits will speak to the teenager in all of us. A darkly funny, coming of age novel that will have you laughing, and crying! Endearing, breathtakingly honest and the perfect antidote to our Fleabag loss.

Nina is Not OK

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The Last Black Unicorn – Tiffany Haddish

The Last Black Unicorn is a memoir, but with Fleabag it often felt like we were intruding on something deeply personal, and this funny memoir filled with sexual exploits and unflinching honesty definitely has the Fleabag vibe.

The Last Black Unicorn

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Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout

Funny, wicked and remorseful, Olive Kitteridge is likely to stay with you as long as Fleabag, as thirteen rich stories revolve around this single character.

Olive Kitteridge

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The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCollough

Of course while it’s lacking other Fleabag elements, if you want to read more about illicit love affairs with priests, then The Thorn Birds is definitely one for your TBR, there’s even an adaptation from the 80s if you prefer.

The Thorn Birds

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple

Fleabag showed us how dysfunctional families can still work, and when Bernadette goes missing in Where’d You Go, Bernadette, we learn about mother and daughter relationships too.

Where’d You go, Bernadette

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The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Quisine – Alina Bronsky

Humorous, witty, clever: The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Quisine is the tale of three women whose destinies are tangled up in a family dynamic that is both hilarious and tragic.

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Quisine

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Reasons to be Cheerful – Nina Stibbe

The journey into adulthood can be a difficult one, and this hilarious coming of age novel about Lizzie and her new job in the local dentists office is touching, empathetic and fun.

Reasons to be Cheerful

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The Pisces – Melissa Broder

Sadly Fleabag fell in love with someone unattainable, a Catholic priest. In The Pisces that unattainable love is a merman in this funny, erotic and frankly sublime award winning novel.

The Pisces

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We know you don’t need us any more, Fleabag but if you change your mind, or fancy popping back for a Christmas special, we’d love to see you. For now, goodbye!

 



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