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A Real Somebody book cover, written by Deryn Collier.

A Real Somebody

(Release date: July 11, 2023)

From author Deryn Collier comes a smart, charming postwar historical novel based on the true story of an aspiring writer who dares to dream big.

Montreal, 1947. To support her once-prosperous family, June Grant joins a steno pool in a prestigious advertising firm. For June, it’s hard to imagine having the kind of life her parents want—the kind of life her sister Daisy has, with a well-off husband and two precocious kids.

But Daisy might not be a picture-perfect housewife after all. As June makes her own waves in the advertising world, she probes a hidden side of her sister’s life.

June’s discoveries upend everything she thought she knew about her sister while challenging her own inner conflict about pursuing her dreams versus living up to expectations. Being a dutiful housewife might mean something else entirely.

Based on the true story of the author’s aunt, A Real Somebody charts the journey of a talented young writer who dares to break the conventions of her time during one pivotal season of her life.

Order your copy

A Real Somebody is available in paperback. Ask your local bookstore (or library) to order a copy in for you. Or order online from the links below.

A Real Somebody is also available as a Kindle e-book, and as an audiobook from Audible.


Amazon Canada
Chapters Indigo

United Kingdom: 

Amazon UK