Harper Ford

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Assistant: Olivia Davies


Harper Ford is an author, much of the time. She started out as a writer of historical novels, then found out she was funny during lockdown so decided to write contemporary romcoms too. She’s a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, based at the University of Lincoln and has a Masters in Writing. She also writes historical fiction as Rebecca Mascull and saga novels as Mollie Walton.  

Current publication: 

DIVORCED NOT DEAD  (Avon - 28th September 2023) 

Meet Frankie: fifty, divorced and getting back on the horse.

After leaving Twatface – her husband of twenty years – she's starting again from scratch. And when her son also flees the nest for university, Frankie decides it’s time to throw herself back into the dating game with a vengeance.

On best friend Bel's recommendation, Frankie signs up to two dating apps: one for love, another for casual hook-ups (because why the f**k not?!).

However, as she navigates this new frontier of catfishing, kittenfishing, ghosts, GILFs and everything in between, she realises the whole dating thing has changed quite a bit – and it really is a bloody jungle out there…

Will Frankie find love on the apps? Or the perfect shag?

Or – if there’s any justice in the world – both?


‘Hugely relatable to anyone who has given the apps a go, you will find yourself cheering on Frankie as she navigates a minefield of single men out there, plus  wishing that you had friends like the quilters ’ - Heat

' ‘Divorced Not Dead is an unfiltered, hilarious book… and I highly recommend it’ - Best

‘This no-holds-barred romcom will be a useful handbook for anyone back on the dating scene’ - Platinum

‘Divorced (Not Dead) is a hilarious tale about a feisty and fabulous fifty-year-old called Frankie’ -  That's Life

"I want Frankie to be my new BFF! This book is like a (very big) glass of wine with a friend - honest, unfiltered, hilarious. Your cheeks will hurt from laughing so much" - Louise Pentland, author of Time After Tim

'It's a blast - full of verve and vinegar, defiantly funny and a terrific shot in the arm. We need more books like this!' - Georgie Hall, author of Woman of a Certain Rage

'Get ready to learn a whole new dating vocabulary as we follow Frankie – fifty, fabulous, freshly divorced – as she steers her way through dating etiquette in the 2020s. My eyes were out on stalks reading this funny, entertaining and enlightening tale of kittenfishing, flexting, breadcrumbing and groundhogging. Sex education was never like this for Generation X the first time around!  - Julie Ma, author of Happy Families

'Brilliantly observed, hilariously documented, a vivid commentary and celebration of life at 50.' - Shazia Mirza