Exclusive: Normal People’s Daisy Edgar Jones’ New ‘Unapologetically Feminist’ Role Revealed

It involves another book you'll probably become obsessed with

Daisy Edgar Jones

by Rhiannon Evans |

She gained huge fame this year, playing Marianne in Normal People, now Grazia can reveal Daisy Edgar Jones’ next part will be that of narrating of one of the summer’s biggest audiobooks.

Bonnier Books UK have announced Daisy will narrate the audio version of Helly Acton’s debut novel, The Shelf.

The Shelf takes on society’s obsession with coupling up, settling down, and reality TV (which is interesting, given Daisy’s father, Philip Edgar Jones, was the Director and Executive Producer of Big Brother). It explores the unrealistic and outdated standards placed on women by society and the battle for self-acceptance. Along with five other women, Amy Wright is brutally dumped live on TV. She decides to stay and compete in a series of humiliating and obnoxious tasks in the hope of being crowned 'The Keeper' and winning a million pounds. But soon the contestants decide to turn the show on its head, take back control and rewrite the rules.

Speaking about the book, Daisy said: ‘The Shelf is fun, thought-provoking and unapologetically feminist, shining a light on the pressures felt by so many women. I had such a great time narrating Helly's novel and bringing her wonderful collection of characters to life. It really is the perfect antidote to lockdown life.’

‘I went wild with excitement when I heard the incredibly talented Daisy Edgar-Jones would read for The Shelf,’ says author, Helly Acton. ‘Like most of the country, I was completely obsessed with her perfect performance as Marianne in Normal People, and I can’t imagine anyone more brilliant to bring my characters to life.’

Audio Director at Bonnier Books UK, added: ‘Daisy Edgar-Jones was the perfect match, delivering a performance full of humour and poignancy. It was a pleasure to work with such a versatile talent.’

The book has already garnered much praise and attention from authors including Marian Keyes, Katie Fforde Lindsey Kelk, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Laura Jane Williams and Lucy Vine. It’s also already been optioned by Monumental Pictures to create a TV show.

The Shelf by Helly Acton publishes in eBook and audio on 18th June, followed by hardback on 9th July.

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Daisy Edgar-Jones's Best Looks

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For last night's premiere of Fresh, Edgar-Jones chose a silvery leather slip dress from Loewe. (Note her sandals: the brand's cracked egg shoes that went viral at last season's PFW).

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The Fresh photocall last month was an opportunity to wear some Fendi. The high-waisted trousers and bralette is almost too good.

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For Chanel's show during Paris Couture Week, Edgar-Jones looked fresh-as-a-daisy in the house's tweed two-piece.

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The LBD - with a twist - for 2020's British Academy Television Awards.

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To sit front row at Roland Mouret, the actor wore on-trend beige tailoring and chunky gold hoops.

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Another trouser suit - this time a high street hit from Whistles - at the press night for Albion, the play in which the actor made her stage debut.

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For the BAFTA Awards, Edgar-Jones wore a puff-sleeved gown from Mother of Pearl.

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Rochas' sugary pink party frock was a fitting choice for the woman of the hour back in 2020.

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Attending a panel with co-star Paul Mescal, Edgar-Jones wore yellow broderie anglaise with hot pink pumps.

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