A Real Somebody book cover, written by Deryn Collier.

A Real Somebody — Now available for pre-order

(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.

Pre-order your copy now!

A Real Somebody will be available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook on July 11, 2023.

Here’s how you can get your hands on a copy:

Order from any independent bookstore

Any bookstore in North America will easily be able to order a print copy for you! And, if you let them know you are excited A Real Somebody, they may order a few copies for stock, too. 

Order your copy online


Amazon Canada
Chapters Indigo

United Kingdom: 

Amazon UK 

Ask your library to order a copy!

If you are excited to read A Real Somebody and you aren’t in a position to buy a book right now, not to worry. It would be wonderful if you could ask your local library to order a copy for their shelves. (Maybe they’ll even let you be the first one to read it!) 

Thank you for considering pre-ordering A Real Somebody. Pre-orders make a big difference for authors, publishers, and bookstores!