Beth is an absolute wreck. She is certain that she has some kind of disease—a fatal one, most likely. She is also very single and quite keen on her colleague, Dr Brendan Roberts. He seems to fancy her, too—well, until The Morning After.

Beth knows it’s time to sort out her messy life, but she has no idea where to start.

Enter Shane—a slightly dishevelled forklift driver. He may not be suave or wealthy, but he does laugh at Beth’s jokes and remember how she likes her coffee. Plus, the more they hang out, the healthier she feels.

But when Shane suddenly cuts off all communication, Beth starts to think there’s no such thing as The One, and she decides to stop being slapdash and move on. Only life is never that simple, and Beth must take a chance if she hopes to find the cure to her ills.

Lovesick is a light-hearted romance about getting sick, getting better and taking risks.

XO Romance imprint  ISBN 9781925143539
RRP $29.99


The manuscript was awarded Xoum Publishing's inaugural XO Romance Prize.
Judge Alexandra Nahlous described the book as ‘a witty and fun page-turner about
a lovelorn medical receptionist seemingly destined to make bad choices’.

'Debut author Jean Flynn brings a fresh, modern voice to Australian genre fiction,
writing in a style that is more chick-lit than romance ... This book is a promising start
for Xoum Publishing’s new imprint XO Romance.' Kat Mayo, Books+Publishing

'What’s so entertaining about this lighthearted romantic read is the author’s ability to create such depth of character in the main stars. They are totally believable and likeable.' Sue Wallace, The Weekly Times

'A great debut for this author. I will look forward to more from her.'

'I really enjoyed this story and would not only read it again, but recommend to friends too.'

'A great contemporary romance.'

Goodreads reviews




A bit of background information

I was born in Melbourne in 1980.

In 1981 I got slightly run over in a car park.

When I was three I spotted two burglars with 'bare chesters' in the lane behind my house. (They were later arrested.)

I spent most of my childhood sitting inside, drawing.

In 2001 I started a graphic design business with my friend Angie. We rented a room in the Nicholas Building on Swanston St, which in those days had lift operators and no hot water.

When I was 28 I enrolled in a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing at CAE -- oh boy did I learn some useful stuff there.

These days I live in regional Victoria and teach creative writing and graphic design at Federation University.

Photograph by Gordon Flynn


Published work and awards

‘Ex’, winner of the 2018 Lane Cove Literary Award, November 2018.

‘Is It Okay For Your Partner To Have Friends Of The Opposite Sex?’ Ten Daily, November 2018.

‘The 7 Different Ways People Don't Talk Properly’ Ten Daily, October 2018.


Would You Speak Up If You Saw Someone Smacking Their Child?’ Ten Daily, October 2018.

‘If A Woman In A Run Club Falls In The Forest, Does Anybody Hear?’ Ten Daily, September 2018.

‘Please Stop Judging My 50 Shades of Grey’ Ten Daily, September 2018.

‘Such a Plain Girl’, commended in the Estelle Pinney Writing Competition, September 2018.

‘Is It Okay To Pop A Joke In A Cover Letter?’ Ten Daily, September 2018.

‘Can I Hug A Stranger's Child If They're Injured?’ Ten Daily, August 2018.

‘Why Can’t We Tell The Truth At Funerals?’ Ten Daily, August 2018.

'Suffering is Universal’, awarded third prize in the Newcastle Short Story Award (Open section), April 2018.

‘Not Just a Romance’ The Victorian Writer, Feb-Mar 2018.

‘Important, Sentimental & Rubbish’, winner of the Boroondara Literary Award, November 2017.

‘Two Plumbers’ Offset Seventeen, October 2017.

'Of Birds', published in Flightpath (Hallowell Press), October 2017.

‘Buying A New Bed Unleashed The Memories From Between My Sheets’ The Huffington Post, August 2017.

'Irrationally irate: Why do people abuse strangers about things that don't matter?' Daily Life, August 2017.

‘The best thing about having small boobs’, August 2017.

‘Aldi Was Great Before It Spoilt Me For Choice’ The Huffington Post, August 2017.

'Love letters' Good Weekend (SMH and The Age), 8/7/17.

'Suffering is Universal', shortlisted in the Rachel Funari Prize, May 2017.

‘I Spent Years Trying To Get Pregnant, And Now I'm Trying Not To’ The Huffington Post, March 2017.

‘If You Want A House, Move To The Country’ The Huffington Post, March 2017.

'It's Not Worth Resisting Antibiotics For Antibiotic Resistance’ The Huffington Post, January 2017.

‘Giving Women an Expanse of Space’ Castlemaine Mail, 2/12/16.

‘Seasonal Menagerie’ Visible Ink, November 2016.

‘Delivery’ Offset Sixteen, October 2016.

‘So Much Potential’ Offset Sixteen, October 2016.

‘Can't Afford To Buy A House? Maybe You're Too Pretty’ The Huffington Post, October 2016.

‘I Can't Recognise My Friends. Or My Husband’ The Huffington Post, October 2016.

‘Al chico que me piropeó hace 20 años’ The Huffington Post (Spanish edition), September 2016.

‘A Letter To The Boy Who Gave Me A Compliment 20 Years Ago’ The Huffington Post, August 2016.

‘Moving In With My Partner Made Me Incredibly Lonely’ The Huffington Post, August 2016.

‘Dire emergencies and other freelance frustrations’ The Age, 25/7/16.

‘My Place’ The Sunday Age, 10/7/16.

‘My Place’ The Sunday Age, 26/6/16.

‘Private Schools Should Be Expelled From The Education System’ The Huffington Post, May 2016.

‘Ballarat Silverbeet Tart’ Australia Cooks, 2016 (Harper Collins).

'How I became a meditation convert' The Juice Daily, April 2016.

'High Intensity Interval Training Highly Intensified My Marriage' The Huffington Post, April 2016.

‘It’s a challenge to be kind in a fearsome world’ The Age (8/4/16).

‘A grave reminder of the importance of vaccines’ The Motherish, March 2016.

‘My Daughter Is Just Like Me, And I Hate It’ The Huffington Post, February 2016.

'I took my two-year-old to a job interview' The Motherish, February 2016.

‘The A to Z of “Q&A”: What Tony Jones Needs To Focus On This Year’ The Huffington Post, January 2016.

‘Everywhere I go, my kids go too’ The Motherish, January 2016.

‘Ladies and lattes’ ABC Open (and recorded for ABC radio and Radio National), January 2016.

‘I’m staying analog in the age of the digital native’ The Age (18/1/16).

‘Every School Holidays I Get “Real Job” Envy’ The Huffington Post, January 2016.

‘A Conversation With An Egotist Is Not A Conversation’ The Huffington Post, January 2016.

‘My New Year’s Resolution Is To Stop Being So Bloody Good’ The Huffington Post, January 2016.

'14 Milestones That You Should Really Applaud' The Huffington Post, December 2015.

‘We’re on an exciting plane. All the kids want is an iPad.’ The Motherish, December 2015.

‘My Husband Thinks I Should See A Psychologist’ The Huffington Post, December 2015.

‘I’ve never been whistled at. And I desperately want someone to catcall me.’ Mamamia, December 2015.

‘I Might Be “Established Middle” But Don’t Think You Know Me’ The Huffington Post, December 2015.

‘I didn’t notice that she had turned blue’ The Motherish, December 2015.

‘Stuff the VCE. I just want to have babies!’ The Age (16/12/15).

‘I can tell my kids the truth about Santa if I want to’ The Motherish, December 2015.

‘Why my kids can't play at your house’ Mamamia, October 2015 and The Motherish, December 2015.

‘Might catch something’ It Happened on a Fishing Trip, 2015 (Affirm Press).

‘Must have a GSOH and ESP’ ABC Open (and recorded for ABC radio and Radio National), September 2015.

‘I ticked everything’ CHILD, June 2015.

‘Ladies’ Day’ CHILD, May 2015.

‘Returning to work (or not)’ CHILD, February 2015.

‘Star chart mum’ CHILD, December 2014.

‘Every weekend from then on’ It Happened in a Holden, 2014 (Affirm Press).

‘Audrey’s ready for Prep’ The Courier, 2012.

‘Riffraff’ 21D, issue 3, 2011.

'Charlie and Keith' shortlisted in the Elyne Mitchell Writing Award, 2010.

‘Quiet path to artistic success’ The Canberra Times, 2008.


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