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The Country Life [Paperback]

Rachel Cusk
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'A reminder of just what an impressive writer she's always been.' -- Independent >> 'The Country Life has a moral core, meticulously disguised as comedy. Cusk is a highly interesting, original writer and more unusually she is a joy to read.' -- Helen Dunmore, The Times >> 'Its mixture of P.G. Wodehouse, Cold Comfort Farm and Jane Austen is a pleasure to read.' -- Tibor Fischer, Sunday Express >> 'Cusk writes with the fastidiousness and delightful grace we have come to expect.' --Sue Gaisford, Independent on Sunday

'There are many moments of domestic hilarity around the pool and at the dinner table, and insights into the awkwardness of being alone in a strange place.' --Irish Times

Book Description

Rachel Cusk's classic comic novel available for the first time in Faber editions.

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Rich and subtle novel about families, love and being alone
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? "Like the novels of Evelyn Waugh or Stella Gibbons, 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; "In this, her third novel, Rachel Cusk writes with the fastidiousness and delightful grace we have come to expect...Stella is a splendidly memorable creation" Sue Gaisford, Independent on Sunday; "This book is a delight...The Country Life is remarkable for two things; its humour and its menace...Its mixture of P.G.Wodehouse, Cold Comfort Farm and Jane Austen is a pleasure to read" Tibor Fischer, Sunday Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rachel Cusk was born in 1967 and is the author of six novels: Saving Agnes, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award, The Temporary, The Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, The Lucky Ones, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award, In the Fold and Arlington Park, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her non-fiction book A Life's Work was published to huge acclaim in 2001 and her memoir The Last Supper was published in 2009. Her latest novel is The Bradshaw Variations. In 2003 she was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young Novelists. She lives in Brighton.
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