Ali Thurm

It’s funny what you remember about childhood games. Helen was always the wallflower at school, while Vicky and Sam were the golden couple. But as time passes, and the teenage sweethearts’ relationship begins to falter, Helen faces a choice – will she help her friends rekindle their marriage, or will she help herself to the man she has always loved?

A compelling tale of lust and obsession, One Scheme of Happiness tells the story of a love triangle that goes very, very wrong. 

You know what they say…it’s always the quiet ones you have to watch.


EBOOK: 978-1916069320

PAPERBACK: 978-1916069329


Ali Thurm was born and brought up in the north of England but has lived in west London since she left university. After balancing a career in primary teaching with bringing up three children and writing part time, she was taken on by the literary agent Emily Sweet Associates in 2016. Under a previous title, One Scheme of Happiness was shortlisted for the First Novel Award (Daniel Goldsmiths) in 2017 and the Cinnamon Press Debut Novel award in 2018. It is her first novel.


“Compulsive and beguiling as the characters themselves, One Scheme of Happiness is a deliciously dark look at kindness, envy and desire. Unpredictable and deeply satisfying, I couldn’t stop reading once I’d started.” Hannah Persaud, author of The Codes of Love

“A dark and unsettling tale of uneasy friendships, of jealousy, deceit and desire, One Scheme of Happiness is a novel that draws you in from the start. What appears to be a straightforward love triangle turns out to be something much more complex and much less predictable. I loved it!” Amanda Huggins, author of Separated from the Sea and Scratched Enamel Heart