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Bellies Signed First Edition

Nicola Dinan author


Publisher:Transworld Publishers Ltd

Published:9th May '24


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Discover the beautiful coming-of-age story about falling in-and-out of love, brimming with humour and heartbreak.

'Smart, hilarious and deeply moving' Elliot Page, author of Pageboy

'Thoughtful, seductive, and entirely engrossing - Bellies is already a classic' Bryan Washington, author of Memorial and Lot

'Bellies announces Nicola Dinan as a genuine literary talent, a gimlet-eyed cartographer of the human heart' Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti


It begins as your typical boy meets boy.

Tom and Ming meet on a night out at university and fall hard for each other. It’s not long before they are planning a future and building a life.

Then Ming announces her intention to transition.

As Tom and Ming both face shifts in their relationship and confront the vastly different shapes their lives have taken, they must both ask if it is worth losing a part of themselves – or each other – to become the people they want to be.


Praise for Bellies:

'Dinan's gift as a writer is her ability to make us feel - when her characters cry, we cry; when they laugh, we laugh; and everybody is changed by the end of this novel, including the reader. A beautiful love story and an exceptional debut.' - Irish Times

‘The most hotly anticipated novel of the summer’ - Harper's Bazaar

‘A tender, emotional exploration of gender and sexual identity’ - Marie Claire

‘Dizzyingly beautiful’ - Grazia

‘A poignant tale that explores the messy complexities of relationships, with recognisably imperfect characters at its core’ - Sunday Times Style

‘Both deeply touching and wickedly witty’ - Daily Mail

At its best, Bellies is as deep as it is chic -- Jeremy Atherton Lin * Guardian *
The most hotly anticipated novel of the summer * Harper's Bazaar *
A tender, emotional exploration of gender and sexual identity * Marie Claire *
Beautiful depiction of derailed love * Chris Power, Sunday Times *
A poignant tale that explores the messy complexities of relationships, with recognisably imperfect characters at its core * Sunday Times Style *
Dizzyingly beautiful * Grazia *
A vividly drawn cast of supporting characters enhances this absorbing and carefully balanced novel - narrated from both Tom and Ming's perspectives - which manages to be both deeply touching and wickedly witty. * Daily Mail *
Dinan's gift as a writer is her ability to make us feel - when her characters cry, we cry; when they laugh, we laugh; and everybody is changed by the end of this novel, including the reader. A beautiful love story and an exceptional debut. * Irish Times *
This begins as a boy-meets-boy love story, but when the couple leaves university to go to London, one goes through the process of transitioning and the story is about what happens to their relationship from that. It's a really beautiful, underrepresented love story in fiction. * i, Debuts To Keep An Eye On In 2023 *
A novel overspilling with care and affection for its characters.... The hype for her book is high * i-D magazine *
The way Dinan writes about love, loss, growing up, transitioning and our bodies took my breath away. I can't wait for this novel to be published, so I can talk about it with everyone I know. -- Travis Alabanza * Guardian *
Triumphant and humane, Nicola Dinan's Bellies gently turns over that essential question: What are we willing to sacrifice to know ourselves? * Elle, A Most Anticipated Book of 2023 *
A brilliantly tender depiction of male friendship at its best, and food descriptions so rich they'll leave you holding the book in one hand and looking up recipes with the other * GQ Magazine *
Smart, hilarious and deeply moving * Elliot Page, author of Pageboy *
This is a lovely debut; eager, youthful, authentic and with an optimistic heart beat even in its darkest moments * Pandora Sykes *
Beautiful and funny * Torrey Peters, author of Detransition, Baby *
A delicious, page turning Summer read and debut from novelist Nicola Dinan. It unpacks so many complicated nuances of being queer and in your twenties.Romantic, sexy, vulnerable. First romance centring a transfemme I've read and loved published on a larger scale. * Tommy Dorfman *
With Bellies Nicola Dinan has written an intimate odyssey - full of warmth and humour... Offering a story about connection, loneliness, identity, and the many different forms that family can take. Thoughtful, seductive, and entirely engrossing - Bellies is already a classic. * Bryan Washington, author of Lot and Memorial *
A youthful and urgent look at relationships, family, gender expression, intimacy and trust. * Mendez, author of Rainbow Milk *
Bellies is fun, clever, and very good * Alice Winn, author of In Memoriam *
I haven't felt so seen by a book in a long time. Neither have I cried like that at one. Bellies broke me apart in the best way possible. Dinan is a huge talent and I'll read everything she writes. * Annie Lord, Vogue columnist and author of Notes on Heartbreak *
Bellies is a breathtakingly vivid, unflinching work that feels deeply honest. Reading it, I was so powerfully reminded of what it is to be young and to find one's way in a difficult world. Tender and warm, Bellies is a testament to the courage it takes to be vulnerable. * Okechukwu Nzelu, author of The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney *
In this dryly comedic, richly drawn portrait of friends and lovers in early adulthood, Nicola Dinan charts the complexities, contradictions, and joys of human entanglement, and reminds us of the inevitability of being changed by those we love. Bellies is a book that not only explores transformation, but transforms the reader, too.I loved this powerful, mortal, moving debut. * Rachel Khong, author of Goodbye, Vitamin *
Bellies is an engrossing, perceptive novel of the now, charged with the nail-biting hesitancy and giddy exuberance of youth, transition and myriad kinds of love. Bellies announces Nicola Dinan as a genuine literary talent, a gimlet-eyed cartographer of the human heart. I'm a huge fan and I'll read anything she writes. * Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti *
Bellies, this glorious debut about the beautiful discomfort of being seen and known,hooked me from the very start. Nicola Dinan's prose is swift and immersive and the empathy with which she writes her characters' foibles, flaws, and faulty perceptions is boundless. Both tender and biting, Bellies has captured my whole heart. * Ilana Masad, author of All My Mother’s Lovers *
With Bellies, Nicola Dinan has written an exquisite portrayal of relationships, of our need for connection in this modern world, and of what we owe to one another. Sumptuously written, it reaches through the darkness of our fears to remind us that the only way to be seen is to ask. With Bellies, her debut, Nicola Dinan foregrounds herself as a bright literary talent, one whose next work I await with little patience. * Kasim Ali, author of Good Intentions *
Filled with warmth and heart,Bellies is a tender, beautiful and heartbreaking exploration of identity, growing up, and love in all its glorious forms. I can't wait to see what Nicola Dinan does next. * Cecile Pin, author of Wandering Souls *
A luminous depiction of what it's like to love someone for their very soul. Nicola is a beautiful, beautiful writer. * Ore Agbaje-Williams, author of The Three of Us *
In growing up, we each have to gain a sense of the world. In these absolutely glowing pages, Tom and Ming make their way. They love and dream in ways that only youth can, but perhaps we all should. Dinan imbues this tale of identity and friendship with generosity, hope and that mighty keen touch of wit. * Weike Wang, author of Joan is Okay *
Bellies is a sumptuous, powerful novel, about the self, about food, about relationships but ultimately about finding yourself in a complicated world. * Nikesh Shukla, author of The Good Immigrant *
Reflecting the nuances and realities of real love is what I was trying to achieve in my own novel, and I admire her ability to capture a single moment and make it so electric and alive. She's a very, very talented writer * Liv Little, author of Rosewater *
Both incisive and propulsive. With intimacy and intelligence, this excellent debut asks important questions about how we try, and fail, to transmute our ideology into empathy, about the responsibilities we owe to one another. * Susannah Dickey, author of Tennis Lessons *
Dinan's prose is heartfelt and endlessly readable. She explores her characters with sympathy and patience, never casting villains, only complicated humans who are trying their best. It is an earnest and honest exploration of identity and connection that is sure to resonate. * Reader’s Digest '5 Debut Books to Look Out For in 2023' *
Bellies by Nicola Dinan is a beautifully bittersweet depiction of the seismic changes of early adulthood with unforgettably funny, spiky, believable main characters. * Leon Craig, author of Parallel Hells *
I finished this book and wanted to tell everyone I met to read it. Quietly heartbreaking whilst tremendously sharp and funny. I couldn't stop reading. * Travis Alabanza, author of None Of The Above *
A beautiful work of literature with fully realized, highly empathic characters; [Dinan's] treatment of Ming's transition is superbly and insightfully handled. An important contribution to the slender body of transgender literature. * Booklist, Starred review *
Sensual, witty and nostalgic * AnOther magazine *
A fresh and compelling literary romance that hopefully signposts exactly where the much-saturated genre is heading in the future * Big Issue *
A beautiful and moving story about trauma and love that will leave you satisfied at the end * Press Association *
Gloriously queer . . . This novel is funny, smart, deeply nuanced, and full of characters who are fully human . . . It's one of the most poignant stories about queer and trans young adulthood I've read in ages * BookRiot *
The best kind of queer love story . . . This is a vulnerable, moving, riotously funny and deeply honest book about trans life, first love, art-making, friendship, grief and the hard, slow process of building a home-in a new country, with another person and inside yourself. Bellies celebrates a hundred different kinds of transformation and, like the very best novels, has the power to transform its readers in unexpected ways. * BookPage, Starred review *
Dinan's debut had me sold on premise alone. Then it completely won me through its complex relationships, immersive travels, found family, honest conversations, and mouthwatering descriptions of Malaysian food. * Paste Magazine *
The best love stories are the ones in which the characters' perceptions of themselves and each other change in surprising ways. Bellies is a grand, affecting story of shifting identities and shifting intimacy. * Electric Literature, A Most Anticipated Book of 2023 *
A broad, vivid portrayal of the uncertainty and isolation of life in your twenties ... Bellies is a veritable buffet of a book – we’re lucky to have it. * The Skinny *
As [Tom and Ming] navigate their relationship shifting, their friendships changing, and their careers developing, we experience their humor and heartbreak, and root for them as they reckon with their senses of self. * theSkimm, Summer Reads You’ll Be Itching to Binge *
Tender and LOLs in equal measure * The Sun *

ISBN: 9781804991237-SF

Dimensions: 198mm x 130mm x 21mm

Weight: 233g

336 pages