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Rachel Cusk

A series of essays from Rachel Cusk – about choices, womanhood and art.

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Author of the Booker-longlisted novel Second Place

‘Cements her reputation as one of the most fierce and elegant chroniclers of how we live now.’ Stephanie Merritt, Observer

is a collection of essays about choices, womanhood and art. Encompassing memoir and cultural and literary criticism, with pieces on gender, politics and writers such as D. H. Lawrence, Olivia Manning and Natalia Ginzburg, it is essential reading for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite, both startling and rewarding to behold.

Critic Reviews

Rachel Cusk is always an exciting writer: striking and challenging, with a distinctive cool prose voice, and behind that coolness something untamed and full of raw force . . .

Tessa Hadley
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Cusk has glimpsed the central truth of modern life . . . She moves through it as a blasted centre full only of instinct and superhuman hearing and hackles.

Patricia Lockwood
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Fiercely intelligent, with enviable prose that is at once luminous and precise.

Kathryn Maris, New Statesman
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Brilliant . . . Cusk’s voice is as original as ever.

Claire Harman, Evening Standard
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The word that keeps coming to mind is “formidable”. It describes her intelligence in writing about everything from literature to parenthood.

Alan Simpson, Irish Times
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Cusk is a master of the genre and her collection of sharp, provocative essays had me transfixed.

Bart van Es, Guardian 'Books of the Year'

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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