The Twenty Seven Club – A darkly comic tale of friendship, hope and fandom

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£7.99 / £5.99

Published in the UK 21/01/21

Available to buy in paperback from Amazon, Uni Reading Lists, JE Books and more.

Available for kindle from Amazon 

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The Twenty Seven Club



“A funny, perceptive and often moving debut” Louder Than War

“Full of warmth, wit and humour” Yorkshire Post

“Dazzlingly funny, dark and insightful. A brilliantly nostalgic blast from an era where shoe choice was everything, ‘townies’ were a thing, and the bands you followed told the world who you were about to become. Lucy Nichol is a stunning new voice in fiction.” Guy Mankowski, author of Dead Rock Stars

“An essential must-read novel about the 90’s, music and life” David Barnett, author of Things Can Only Get Better

“An honest and raw depiction of someone battling anxiety and deep-rooted fear. It also screams delicious 90s porn with a realworking-class heroes vibe.” Claire Eastham, author of F**K I think I’m dying.

“Warm, joyous and thought-provoking. Music lovers will adore it!” Stephie Chapman, author of Swipe Right


It’s 1994. The music industry is mourning Kurt Cobain, Right Said Fred have re-emerged as an ‘ironic’ pop act and John Major is the country’s prime minister. Nothing is as it should be.

Emma is hurtling towards her 27th birthday, riddled with anxiety that her idols Joplin, Hendrix and Morrison all died aged 27, and now Kurt Cobain has gone too. Will Emma be next to join The Twenty Seven Club?

Emma, a working-class rock music fan from Hull, with a penchant for a flaming Drambuie and a line of coke with her best mate Dave down The Angel, is troubled. Trev, her whippet, has IBS, and her job ordering bathroom supplies at the local caravan company is far from challenging. So when her dad, Tel, informs her that her music idol, Kurt Cobain has killed himself aged 27, Emma is consumed with anxiety.

Why have so many legendary musicians gone aged 27? Is there a link between the members of the so-called Twenty Seven Club? Is this why her mum had an affair and left them? And could Emma be about to join The Twenty Seven Club too?

The 27 Club is a nostalgic, often humorous, drug and booze-infused tale of friendship, discovery and anxiety as Emma tries, for once, to focus on life, rather than death.

A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes – Naming and Shaming Mental Health Stigmas

Front cover - A series of Unfortunate StereotypesPublished by Trigger Press

Illustrated by Jo Neary


Published in the UK Feb 18. Out in the US in June 2018

Available to buy from Amazon, Waterstones, Trigger Press, Foyles and more.

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If you’ve ever had someone in your orbit say an ignorant thing about mental health and wished you had a clever repost, this book is your instruction manual.’ Natasha Devon, MBE

‘I love Lucy’s writing. It’s an insightful and incredibly accurate account of living with mental illness and the stigma that surrounds it, written with humour and intelligence.’ Denise Welch

‘Nichol has written an informative and honest book that goes some way to setting the record straight about the reality of living with a mental health issue’  **** The Sun

‘Lucy’s book really struck a chord with me. Anxiety is a medium-sized word with plus-size consequences, and opening up about what it actually means is the only way to break down those ‘unfortunate stereotypes’…’ Andrea McLean

‘Lucy Nichol is a fresh and important voice in the world of mental health (…) this book will offer people who suffer from mental health issues some relief, and for those who don’t suffer – they’ll get some understanding. Read it!’ Amber Tozer

‘A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes is essentially an exercise in empathy. Lucy has been there and she cares: reflection and resonance.’ Kristin Hersh

‘A thoughtful and hilarious look into mental health in the modern world.’ Yorkshire Post

‘Lucy has the gift of sparkling prose and a mischievous, self-deprecating sense of humour.’ David Whetstone, Arts Editor, The Journal

‘I can see why she thought I wouldn’t like it.’ Lucy’s grandma


From a young age, Lucy Nichol has always been on edge. Whether it’s because of her fear of beards, a general sense that she can catch a disease from anything, or the belief that she’s going to throw up at any given moment, she’s never really felt safe.

In A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes, Lucy explores the different lenses through which she and other people have viewed her mental health problems. She tackles a number of different stereotypes placed on people living with mental illness, including the idea that they are narcissists, hypochondriacs, and psychos.

After writing a blog post about her journey, Lucy realised that she wasn’t alone in feeling this way. And so she began to talk more about her experience, eventually becoming a columnist in Sarah Millican’s magazine Standard Issue. In writing about her life in such an open way, Lucy has been able to claw herself back from the grips of her anxiety.

A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes is one of the most fortunate things you could read!


‘You made me cry with this wonderful piece – thank you for writing it’ Sarah Millican

‘A very rare combination of something that is properly funny, very moving and, crucially, actually wise! Wonderfully written, insightful, laugh out loud funny yet a complex and totally human exploration of something that’s so difficult for people to understand. It absolutely deserves to be shared.’ Lee Hall (writer, Billy Elliott, The Pitmen Painters)

‘A brave advocate doing all she can to end the stigma of mental illness, Lucy moves seamlessly between serious and celebratory. Educating, entertaining and always uplifting – her writing is a rare treat.’ Dr Craig Malkin, Lecturer Harvard Medical School and author of the internationally acclaimed Rethinking Narcissism

‘Lucy writes from the heart with a real mixture of honesty and character. It is fantastic there are blogs like Lucy’s that reach out with care, concern and help break down this taboo!’ Alfie Joey (BBC, Ideal)


Mental podcast – Interview and book discussion – 16 August 2018

Dazed (interview)The benefits and dangers of self diagnosing mental health (interview)18 May

Yorkshire Post (book review)Review of A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes 6 March 2018

Narc MagazineInterview 2 March 2018

The Journal (interview)Party addict or anxious soul?23 February 2018