Faber Members get 10% off their first order

The Temporary

Rachel Cusk

A paperback edition of The Temporary in a stunning new look.

9 in stock

Date Published
All orders are sent via Royal Mail and are tracked: choose from standard or premium delivery.

Ralph Loman works in an unsatisfying job, for a free London newspaper, when Francine Snaith, a temporary secretary for a corporate finance firm, unexpectedly crosses his path at a party. Her beauty ignites a blaze of excitement in his troubled heart. But Francine is ravenous for attention, driven by a thirst for conquest, and when Ralph tries politely to extricate himself, he finds he is bound by chains of consequence from which it seems there is no escape. The Temporary paints a merciless portrait of the cut and thrust of modern romance, work and life.

Critic Reviews

An exquisitely written gem.

Critic Reviews

Breathtaking, fascinating and believable . . . The Temporary would be worth reading for its self-regarding, utterly thoughtless anti-heroine alone.

Financial Times
Critic Reviews

The wit, the dialogue and the uncomfortable perception brought to bear on human relations make The Temporary such a fine achievement.

Critic Reviews

Brilliantly perceptive . . . a ruthlessly honest dissection of modern sensibilities.

The Times
Critic Reviews

A startling, memorable novel.

Daily Telegraph

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.

Read More
Rachel Cusk in a car