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The Bradshaw Variations

Rachel Cusk

A paperback edition of The Bradshaw Variations in a stunning new look.

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Thomas Bradshaw and Tonie Swann are experiencing the classic symptoms of marriage in its middle years: comfortable house, happy-enough daughter and an eerie sense that life might be happening elsewhere. Then Tonie accepts a big promotion at work and Thomas agrees to become a stay-at-home dad. While Thomas is suddenly faced with the daily silence of an empty house, Tonie finds herself alive to previously unimagined possibilities. And at the head of the family, the ageing Bradshaw parents continue their marital dynamic of bickering and petty undermining.

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At times I just wanted to punch the air in a frenzy of delighted recognition.

Julie Myerson
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I enjoyed everything about this dazzling performance of a book.

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A witty, tender drama of three generations . . . She makes you know exactly what it is like to live inside the skin of a particular character, on a certain day, in all its richness.

Helen Dunmore, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year
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Rachel Cusk’s writing is so beautiful that I would happily read her account of a trip to the shops on a rainy morning . . . A world that is deeply familiar, yet seldom pinpointed like this in modern fiction.

Literary Review
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A brilliant portrayal of family life, childhood’s echoes and the isolating tug of personal ambition.

Justine Jordan, 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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