Hot Key Books is thrilled to announce the acquisition of charming rivals-to-lovers romance The Funny Thing About Love, by author and journalist Tom Ellen, set in the chaotic world of comedy TV.

Ella Whiddett, commissioning editor at Hot Key Books, acquired English UK & Commonwealth rights fromClare Wallace at Darley Anderson. 

Nell has snagged a highly sought-after internship writing for her favourite comedy sketch show, Punching Up. But the cut-throat world of television is no laughing matter, and Nell hasn’t banked on there being another intern to compete against for the job at the end. Especially one like Charlie, who is infuriatingly good-looking and a total nepo baby, gifted the opportunity by his executive producer father.
With the odds stacked against her, Nell vows to do everything she can to out-perform him. But as she gets to know Charlie, she discovers there’s more to her workplace rival than meets the eye.

Tom Ellen said: ‘Sketch comedy has always been an obsession of mine, so writing a book set in a TV sketch show writers’ room has been a dream come true (not to mention an excellent excuse to rewatch lots of old Saturday Night Live episodes for research). I am thrilled to be working with the brilliant team at Hot Key – and particularly with Ella, whose insight, guidance and enthusiasm has been totally fantastic.’

Ella Whiddett comments: ‘I am always looking for a brilliant romcom, but most especially if it’s written by Tom, whose big-hearted humour, quick wit and gorgeous characters I’ve admired for years. It’s been such a treat to work on Nell and Charlie’s love story with him, and I just know it will have readers swooning – and giggling!’

Tom Ellen is an author and journalist from London. He is the co-writer of critically acclaimed YA novels LobstersNever Evers and Freshers, and the author of adult romances All About Us and The Lifeline. He is a regular contributor to Viz, and has also written for CosmopolitanEmpireEvening Standard MagazineThe Daily MashGlamourNMETime Out LondonViceStylist and many more. He is currently based in Athens. @TomEllen7

The Funny Thing About Love will be publishing in July 2024.