You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but Caroline Hulse’s The Adults is just as good on the outside as it is on the inside. Her observant and witty debut follows Matt and Claire, a divorced couple who decided to spend Christmas together with their new partners, their daughter Scarlett, and her imaginary friend Posey, but as the days go by arrows start to fly.

Claire and Matt are divorced but decide what’s best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a ‘normal’ family Christmas with them all together.

Claire brings her new boyfriend Patrick, a seemingly eligible Iron-Man-in-Waiting.
Matt brings the new love of his life Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient.
Scarlett, their daughter, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He’s a rabbit.

Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Organized Fun activities, drinking a little too much after bed-time, oversharing classified secrets about their pasts and, before they know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends – where this story starts – with a tearful, frightened, call to the police…

But what happened? They said they’d all be adults about this…

The Adults was published by Orion in the UK in August 2018 and by Random House in the US in November 2018. Since it’s initial publication, The Adults has been snapped up in 12 other territories. With so many great upcoming and published foreign editions.

Caroline Hulse spends most of her days writing, having fulfilled her dream of having a job she could do in pyjamas. She also works in Human Resources sometimes. She is openly competitive and loves playing board and card games. She can often be found in casino poker rooms, and wishes other people would want to play Cluedo for money. She lives with her husband in Manchester, where the two are captive to the whims of a small, controlling dog.