Seeing Other People
Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist 2022
SHORTLISTED for the INDIE AWARD for BEST FICTION
SHORTLISTED for the ABIA for Literary Fiction
LONGLISTED for the BookPeople Book of the Year for Fiction
Which comes first—those you love, or those you want?
Charlie’s skin was stinging. Not with heat or sweat, but with that intense, body-defining self-consciousness—that sense of being watched. She lowered her eyes from Eleanor’s loving gaze. Her throat taut with tears, she swallowed. ‘You’re a good sister, Eleanor.’
‘Don’t say that.’
After two years of lockdowns, there’s change in the air. Eleanor has just broken up with her boyfriend, Charlie’s career as an actress is starting up again. They’re finally ready to pursue their dreams—relationships, career, family—if only they can work out what it is they really want.
When principles and desires clash, Eleanor and Charlie are forced to ask: where is the line between self-love and selfishness? In all their confusion, mistakes will be made and lies will be told as they reckon with the limits of their own self-awareness.
Seeing Other People is the darkly funny story of two very different sisters, and the summer that stretches their relationship almost to breaking point.
About the Author
Diana Reid is a Sydney-based writer. Her debut novel, Love & Virtue, was an Australian bestseller and winner of the ABIA Book of the Year Award, the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year Award, the ABA Booksellers' Choice Fiction Book of the Year Award, and the MUD Literary Prize. Love & Virtue was also shortlisted for the Indie Debut Fiction Award, the ABIA Matt Richell New Writer Award, and Highly Commended at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Diana was also named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist in 2022. Seeing Other People is her second novel.
Praise for Seeing Other People
‘This! Was! So! Good! ... Diana Reid you are in a total league of your own.’ – Zara McDonald, Shameless Podcast
’Diana Reid has such a way with language.’ ― Mamamia
‘Seeing Other People will be the book of the summer.’ - PedestrianTV
‘An extraordinary new voice in Aussie lit.’ ― Zoë Foster Blake, author of The Wrong Girl and Textbook Romance
‘a captivating read that feels made for racing through while lying on the beach.’ ― Vogue Australia
‘a great summer read.’ - The Guardian
‘The prose sparkles on the page, as effervescent and drinkable as a glass of prosecco on a warm summer's evening.’ - The Australian
‘We absolutely adored this hotly-anticipated novel’ - The Shameless Bookclub
‘If you tore through Love & Virtue last year, you'll want to add Diana Reid's second novel to the top of your reading bucket list.’ - Marie Claire
‘I enjoyed this funny, charming and enormously readable novel a great deal, in large part due to the wit and authenticity with which Reid represents her characters and their world.’ - The West Australian
‘Reid hasn’t lost her skewering wit.’ - Sydney Morning Herald
'a compulsive read’ - Primer
'funny and engaging’ - ArtsHub
‘Reid's witty and insightful social observation is something to relish’ - ABC Radio National, The Bookshelf
‘There is a genuine warmth as well as capacious intelligence and sly humour to Reid’s writing, and a dynamic energy to the novel that’s always compelling’ - The Guardian
‘This charming, insightful and clever follow-up to Love & Virtue is an immensely readable novel that explores the bonds of family, friendship and principle.’ - Books + Publishing
‘a story bathed in sisterhood and the oft complicated relationship sisters are forced to navigate.’ - Russh
‘if you’re heading to the beach and need a light, funny read, this book will deliver that for you.’ - The Canberra Times
‘written in superb prose, this is the ultimate contemporary dramedy’ - InStyle
‘I love Diana Reid’s writing and Seeing Other People hit the mark once again.’ - Women's Agenda
Praise for Love & Virtue
‘Loved it…It’s electrifying’ ― Annabel Crabb
‘a great read that will become an Australian classic’ – Sydney Morning Herald
‘an absolute cracker, Love & Virtue lobs right into the current moment with a clarifying light. I hope EVERYONE reads this book.’ – Helen Garner, bestselling and award winning author of The First Stone and The Spare Room
‘Diana Reid will be called the new Sally Rooney – you’re certain of it by the end of page one. By the end of this real, raw and startling novel, you know Reid is the talent to whom every smart young novelist who follows her will be compared – or hope to be.’ – Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss
‘Love & Virtue is an accomplished novel – by turns funny and furious, and full of the plangent longing and confusion of early adulthood.’ - The Saturday Paper
‘It is not enough to say Love & Virtue heralds the arrival of a new literary talent: Reid is intensely incisive and brilliant.’ – Sarah Schmidt, author of See What I Have Done and Blue Hour
‘Reid’s prose interrogates everything we think we know about love. Heartfelt and unputdownable, this is a remarkably self-assured debut.’ – Victoria Hannan, author of Kokomo and Marshmallow
‘A fierce new voice at just the right moment, shining a light on consent and class with clarity and grace.’ – Inga Simpson, author of Where the Trees Were and Understory
Sisterhood. Personal fulfilment. Selflessness.