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The Country Life

Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk’s classic comic novel, in a beautiful new edition.

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Stella Benson sets off for Hilltop, a tiny Sussex village housing a family that is somewhat larger than life. Her hopes for the Maddens may be high, but her station among them, as au pair to their irascible son Martin – is undeniably low. What could possibly have driven her to leave her home, job and life in London for such rural ignominy? Why has she severed all contact with her parents? Why is she so reluctant to talk about her past?

The Country Life, Rachel Cusk’s third novel, is a rich and subtle story about embarrassment, awkwardness and being alone; about families, or the lack of them; and about love in some peculiar guises.

Critic Reviews

Funny and poignant . . . a pleasure to read.

Sunday Telegraph
Critic Reviews

The Country Life has a moral core, meticulously disguised by comedy. Cusk is a highly interesting, original writer and more unusually she is a joy to read.

Helen Dunmore, The Times
Critic Reviews

Cusk writes with fastidiousness and delightful grace we have come to expect.

Independent on Sunday

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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