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how far can you take your dream?


Nobody is a bigger fan of actor Thomas Cassidy than Libby.


That's why she's totally going to marry him.

She is going to write a novel, name the main character after Thom, and find a way to get it to him. Intrigued and flattered, he will read it, fall in love with her prose, write to her and ask to turn it into a movie. She will pretend to think about it for a week or so, then say, sure, but can I work on it with you? Their eyes will meet over the script, and fade to black. It is a fail-proof plan.

Except for the fact that he is a Hollywood star – not A list, perhaps not B list, but certainly C+ – and she is, well, not. Except for the fact that he lives in America. Except, too, for the teeny tiny age gap. Not even twenty years! Totally overcomable. All of the obstacles are totally overcomable. It's all about determination.


“What if your first love was a movie star? One who you swooned over, who inspired your career choice, and then you met him — and so much more? With Unscripted, debut author Claire Handscombe deftly turns the classic tale of a celebrity crush into a modern tranatlantic story that’s original, emotionally honest, and a whole lot of fun.”

— Karin Tanabe, author of The Gilded Years

“Claire Handscombe is a true book-lover who has written a sweet, quirky, romantic adventure that you might love.”

— Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina

About The Author

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Claire Handscombe is a British writer who moved to Washington, DC in 2012, ostensibly to study for an MFA, but actually, let's be honest, because of an obsession with The West Wing. (Like her main character Libby, she knows a thing or two about celebrity crushes and the life-changing power of a television series.) She was recently longlisted for the Bath Novel Award, and her journalism, poetry, and essays have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Bustle, Book Riot, Writers' Forum, and the Washington Post. She is the host of the Brit Lit Podcast, a fortnightly show about news and views from British books and publishing.


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