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The Lightness by Emily Temple

March 10, 2020

‘With dark, stylish prose and a group of teenage girls up to no good, The Lightness could be the love child of Donna Tartt and Tana French, but its savage, glittering magic is all Emily Temple’s own’ Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists

One year ago, the person Olivia adores most in the world, her father, left home for a meditation retreat in the mountains and never returned. Yearning to make sense of his shocking departure, Olivia runs away from home and retraces his path to a place known as the Levitation Center.

There, she enrolls in their summer program for troubled teens, a ‘Buddhist Boot Camp for Bad Girls’, and finds herself drawn into the company of a close-knit trio of girls determined that this is the summer they will finally learn to levitate, to defy the weight of their bodies, to experience ultimate lightness. 

But as desire and danger intertwine, and Olivia comes ever closer to discovering what a body – and a girl – is capable of, it becomes increasingly clear that this is an advanced and perilous practice, and there’s a chance not all of them will survive…


Published 11th June 2020 | Hardback | 9780008332679 | RRP £14.99

If you’re a bookseller in the UK or Ireland and you’d like an advance reading copy of The Lightness please send your request, along with your name and bookshop address, to Ammara at independentthinking@harpercollins.co.uk.



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