‘Spellbound proves “Lad Lit” doesn’t have to be shallow – this is a bright and engaging collection of short stories that have real depth. Willans respects women, and that comes through strongly. (I imagine he has plenty of female friends.) These “stories of women’s magic over men” combine pathos, wit, and humour, with a sprinkle of romance, love, and cynicism.’ – Sara Crowley

‘The thinking Lad’s book for a busy life. Funny, cool, excellent prose, effortless to read… a heartwarming read for us girls too!’ – Alice Bragg

‘A quick read that’s perfect for anyone who likes the opposite sex.’ – Jennifer Dilks

‘Sharp, original and observant, with a generous helping of humour, Joel Willans’s stories are both thought-provoking and hugely entertaining. A great read.’ – Vanessa Gebbie

‘Willans mines the vagaries of love and desire and heartache with a luminous resonance and poignancy. An impressive debut.’ – Tom Vowler

Longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize and the Edge Hill Award.