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Summary

Stuck in a dead-end job, broken-hearted, broke and estranged from her best friend, Violet's life is nothing like she thought it would be. She wants more - better friends, better sex, a better job - and she wants it now. 

So, when Lottie - who looks like the woman Violet wants to be when she grows up - offers Violet the chance to join her exciting start-up, she bites. Only it soon becomes clear that Lottie and her husband, Simon, are not only inviting Violet into their company, they are also inviting her into their lives.

Seduced by their townhouse, their expensive candles and their Friday-night sex parties, Violet cannot tear herself away from Lottie, Simon or their friends. But is this really the more Violet yearns for? Will it grant her the satisfaction she is so desperately seeking?

Insatiable is about women and desire - lust, longing and the need to be loved. It is a story about being unable to tell whether you are running towards your future or simply running away from your past. The result is at once tender and sad, funny and hopeful.

©2021 Daisy Buchanan (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

A Grazia, Stylist, Cosmo, i paper, Red and Independent book of the year for 2021 

"Hilarious and tender." (Lauren Bravo) 

"Her humour and honesty never fail to make me laugh, cry and feel less alone." (Dolly Alderton) 

"An absolute triumph." (Lucy Vine) 

"Extremely funny, touching and wonderfully refreshing on women and sexual desire." (Marian Keyes) 

"You will be intoxicated by this witty and honest exploration of female desire." (Elle

"As filthy as it is funny, you won't be able to put it down." (Dolly Alderton) 

"Insatiable is a story about loneliness and trying to fit in, about our desire to be loved and included, how it's easy to confuse being wanted with being used. It'll draw people in with the shagging, but people will stay because they're rooting for Violet." (Evening Standard)

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Beautifully written fifth

This is definitely not one for the kids it's the sort of book you have to give yourself over to but if you do you won't regret it because its a rollicking ride to be approached with the knowledge that it is very adult.

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Sexy!

This book is good, the storyline wasn’t mind blowing, but it is a steamy mid 20’s crisis/coming of age book! I was recommended the book for its erotic side and I wasn’t disappointed!

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Poor storyline, sleepy voice that drones on, a very abrupt ending -I would not recommend this book

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Interesting story but doesn't seem very realistic

I was hoping for something else to be honest. but this is still worth to listen the whole thing! especially if you like the steamy scenes ;)

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ropey story but well written

This was well written and had some quite funny moments but I just felt that the plot was a bit week and it was a bit like watching a well acted porno film. The juicy bits were there but I just got irritated with the characters and the ending was predictable

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Disappointing

I bought this book after hearing the author be interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour. What a disappointment. I prefer Jackie Collins or 50 Shades of Grey any day! - despite the author suggesting that this novel was a modern empowering erotic novel from the female's perspective. The characters were unconvincing, vacuous and VERY annoying. I laughed out loud at the few poignant, serious moments. I don't feel this book does women and our empowerment any justice at all. It doesn't feel current in any way. It feels very middle class white privilege. It would have been refreshing if instead of repeat buying cheap high street disposable clothing brands, Violet had her own style and shopped pre-loved or charity shop clothing because of her commitment to wider environmental issues, other than her infatuation with herself.

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engaging and empowering, if not what I expected

I’m a huge fan of Daisy Buchanan’s work and was really excited to read her first novel.

Insatiable delivered all of Daisy’s humour and thoughtfulness, and I appreciated the way the novel, like a lot of her work, the subject of loneliness many women face in their late twenties - that feeling of being completely lost when the pressure to have it together feels like it’s never been higher.

like some of the other reviewers, I felt like the novel was heavy on sex and just a little bit light narrative - while I’m perfectly happy for some dirty scenes, it felt like a few of them came at the expense of connecting plot dots, so that was a bit of a shame.

still, I’d definitely recommend this novel to fans of Daisy’s work! Charly Clive’s narration was excellent too :)

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Very strange concept

Not my type of book. Odd. Not much of a story at all. Didn't enjoy the little bit that I did listen to.

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Terrible plot and awful characters. Didn’t get the point of it at all. Cannot believe it was compared to jilly cooper, couldn’t be further from her work.

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Lacking in substance

Started off really well but the storyline was weak and soon went downhill. Sex aside, there was no substance to it all all, and even that wasn’t particularly thrilling once the novelty wore off.