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Sphere to publish Ali Hazelwood’s TikTok sensation

Darcy Nicholson, Editorial Director at Sphere, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, for three novels from debut author Ali Hazelwood: The Love Hypothesis, Love on the Brain and Love Theoretically. Rights were acquired from Tawanna Sullivan at Penguin Random House US.

The book published last week in the US, becoming an instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller. The ebook publishes today in the UK with PB and audio formats out in October.

The Love Hypothesis is the latest TikTok sensation, the hashtag has had 14 million views within a week of publication.

‘Contemporary romance’s unicorn: the elusive marriage of deeply brainy and delightfully escapist’ New York Times bestselling author of THE UNHONEYMOONERS, Christina Lauren

The novel tells the story of Olive, a PhD student trying to convince her best friend she is loved up. So, she kisses the first guy she comes across and of course that guy is Adam Carlsen, a young hot-shot professor and well-known ass. Olive is positively floored when he agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion…

Ali Hazelwood said: I am so excited for my book to come to the UK!

Darcy Nicholson said: ‘The Love Hypothesis is pitch-perfect; it is funny, gloriously predictable and also wholly surprising. Not only has Ali written an excellent fake dating romcom but she has set it in the world of academia – finally the spotlight is on the science geeks and they are really delivering. I can’t wait for readers to discover the story that has TikTok going wild.’