Rachel Cusk's Whitbread-winning debut is a funny, knowing tale of middle-class, middle-twenties angst.
Agnes Day is a twenty-something sub-editor and failure extraordinaire, with a close circle of friends and a habit of falling for the wrong man.Terminally middle-class, incurably romantic and chronically confused by life's most basic equations, Agnes hovers on the cusp of adolescence and adulthood, privately convinced of her inadequacy but publicly passing herself off as a success. When the twin strains of a first job and a love affair doomed to failure provoke a spiritual crisis Agnes sets out to save herself and all those around her.
Rachel Cusk was born in 1967 and is the author of seven 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 and The Bradshaw Variations. Her non-fiction books are A Life's Work and The Last Supper. In 2003 she was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young Novelists.
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