Rachel Cusk

The final part of Rachel Cusk’s hugely acclaimed trilogy, now in paperback.

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Author of the Booker-longlisted novel Second Place

‘A landmark in twenty-first-century English literature.’ Andrew Anthony, Observer

Kudos is one of the most astoundingly original and necessary books I’ve ever read. It made me laugh, think and cry . . . I envy anyone who hasn’t read it yet.’ Julie Myerson, Guardian

A woman on a plane listens to the stranger in the seat next to hers telling her the story of his life: his work, his marriage, and the harrowing night he has just spent burying the family dog. That woman is Faye, who is on her way to Europe to promote the book she has just published. Once she reaches her destination, the conversations she has with the people she meets – about art, about family, about politics, about love, about sorrow and joy, about justice and injustice – include the most far-reaching questions human beings ask. These conversations, the last of them on the phone with her son, rise dramatically and majestically to a beautiful conclusion.

Following the novels Outline and Transit, Kudos completes Rachel Cusk’s trilogy with overwhelming power.

Critic Reviews

Kudos is one of the most astoundingly original and necessary books I’ve ever read. It made me laugh, think and cry . . . I envy anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

Julie Myerson, Guardian
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A landmark in twenty-first-century English literature, the culmination of an artist’s unshakable efforts to forge her own path.

Andrew Anthony, Observer
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Kudos by Rachel Cusk concludes one of the most interesting literary projects of recent years . . . Rich in comedy and wisdom, and is compelling from its first page to its extraordinary final scene.

Chris Power, New Statesman Books of the Year
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As she did in the first two volumes of this spare, beautiful trilogy, Cusk illuminates her narrator’s inner life via encounters with others. The novels describe in haunting detail what it’s like to walk through the world, trailing ashes after your life goes up in flames.

New York Times Books of the Year
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Like its predecessors, Kudos is a triumph, a highly original work filled with perfectly-honed sentences that puts much contemporary fiction to shame.

Evening Standard
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‘[Kudos] had me in its grip, due to her insightful and direct voice. Cusk has a piercing intellect but demonstrates it through perspicacity, not by showing off on the page.

Viv Albertine, Guardian

Rachel Cusk is the author of Outline trilogy, the memoirs A Life’s Work and Aftermath, and several other works of fiction and non-fiction. She is a Guggenheim fellow. She lives in Paris.

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