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When it was first published, Cusk's memoir of new motherhood shocked readers and critics alike- it was called 'as compulsive as a thriller' by the Observer, 'an incitement to riot' by Esther Freud and 'career suicide' by the New York Times. Cusk was accused of self-obsession, of hating her child and of having post-natal depression, just as she was being celebrated by others for having the courage to speak the truth about being a mother.

A modern classic and the antithesis of a parenting manual, in A Life's Work Cusk writes with unflinching honesty and wry humour about the sleepless nights, the loneliness, the moments of despair but also of fierce heart-stopping love.

 

Details

ISBN: 9781784706777
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2 Jan 2018
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(L)

 

Reviews

"Thank God for Rachel Cusk's beautifully written and compelling memoir" -- Claire Messud * Guardian Books of the Year *
"An incitement to riot. I laughed out loud, often, in painful recognition" -- Esther Freud
"A very funny book about very serious things... Cusk has created a work of beauty and wisdom. And belly laughs. A lovely thing" -- Suzanne Moore * New Statesman *
"A breath of fresh air. It took me back to raw emotions since edited from my official history" -- Maureen Freely * Independent *
"Cusk is not afraid to address frankly the grief for freedom lost, the despair, pain, boredom and guilt - all in the context of the mother's unspeakable love for the baby... Perhaps the most beautifully written and moving book on the subject to be published in recent years" -- Stephanie Merritt * Observer *

 

Author Biography

Rachel Cusk was born in Canada in 1967 and moved to the United Kingdom in 1974. She is the author of nine novels and three works of non-fiction. She has won and been shortlisted for numerous prizes- Outline (2014) was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Baileys Prize, the Giller Prize and the Canadian Governor General's Award. It was also picked by the New York Times as one of the top ten books of the year. In 2003, Rachel Cusk was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'. In 2015 her version of Euripides' 'Medea' was put on at the Almeida Theatre with Rupert Goold directing and was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

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