By Krystle Zara Appiah

‘It broke my heart’ Louise O’Neill

‘Hard-hitting’ The Timess

‘Powerful and bittersweet’ Daily Mail

‘Beat[s] Normal People at its own game’ Harper’s Bazaar


Efe and Sam have been best friends since before they were married. To an outside eye, they have a relationship most can only dream of.

But behind closed doors, Sam wants to start a family, while Efe longs for a life free of responsibility.

When an unplanned pregnancy forces Efe into a stark choice, she has to decide which is more important – her love for her family, or the life she wanted for herself.

‘An open and honest exploration of the rediscovery of love, motherhood, and the choices we make and sacrifice’

‘Highly relatable… your heart will miss a beat’

Format: ebook
Release Date: 16 Mar 2023
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-852885-0
Krystle Zara Appiah is a British-Ghanaian writer, editor and screenwriter based in London. She has a degree in literature and creative writing from the University of Kent. In 2020, she was one of forty writers selected for the London Library’s Emerging Writers Programme. Rootless is her debut novel.

”'Both tender and powerful; almost unbearably moving. It broke my heart” - LOUISE O’NEILL

”'Involving… paints a hard-hitting picture of how desperate it is to feel that what society insists is the best thing that can happen to you is, in fact, the absolute worst” - THE TIMES

”'Brave, insightful and heart-breaking” - RACHEL EDWARDS

”'Beautiful and gripping… unforgettable” - EMILIA HART

”'Powerful and bittersweet” - DAILY MAIL

”'Mesmerising and tender” - WOMAN’S WEEKLY

”'An open and honest exploration of the rediscovery of love, motherhood, and the choices we make and sacrifice.” - GAL-DEM

”'Highly relatable… your heart will miss a beat” - HUFFPOST UK

”'Tender, intimate and unflinching” - EMYLIA HALL

”'Skillfully told” - MARIE CLAIRE

”'One to watch” - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

”'Get ready to be heart-broken” - COSMOPOLITAN

‘A debut novel that deserves to find many readers… a must-read’PRIMA -

‘A heartbreaking tale about motherhood and freedom’ The i paper -

”'A poignant debut which marks Krystle Zara Appiah out as one of Britain’s best new young writers” - HARPER’S BAZAAR

”'A deeply felt novel… full of romance as well as terrible grief. Rootless enthralled me from the start.” - ILANA MASAD, author of All My Mother’s Lovers

”'Efe’s tragic story will stay with readers long after they finish turning pages” - DONNA FREITAS, author of The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano