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Joanna Kavenna

A funny, intelligent first novel about leaving behind a settled life in search of something more fulfilling.

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Rosa Lane is a fashionable journalist in her thirties, already the picture of London achievement. Her handsome boyfriend is something in politics and her other friends are confident, prosperous and ambitious. But one afternoon, staring at her computer screen at work, she fails to see the point, walks out of her job – and begins her long fall from modern grace.

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This is a riveting, witty look at one woman's place in society and attempt to rewrite history... more than anything this is a very darkly funny book.

Sunday Business Post
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Kavennea precisely captures the mixture of superiority and self-pity with which Rosa justifies her failure to act... it is all very funny and very dark. Rosa's extreme solipsism does not prevent her from some sharp observations on the absurdities of modern life. Best of all are the descriptions of London, which comes across in all its seedy glory; although a comically disastrous visit to friends in the Lake District is also well worth the price of entry.

The Times
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Confident [and] witty.

Waterstone's Books Quarterly

Joanna Kavenna grew up in various parts of Britain, and has also lived in the USA, France, Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic States. Her first book The Ice Museum was about travelling in the North. Her second book, a novel called Inglorious, won the Orange Prize for New Writing. Kavenna’s writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, the…

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