An elegant and strikingly perceptive memoir of a family journey through Italy.
When prizewinning author Rachel Cusk decides to travel to Italy for a summer with her husband and two young children she has no idea of the trials and wonders that lay in store. Their journey leads them to both the expected ? the Piero della Francesca trail and queues at the Vatican ? and the surprising ? an amorous Scottish ex-pat and a longing for home ? all seen through Cusk?s sharp and humane perspective. Exploring the desire to travel and to escape, art and its inspirations, beauty and ugliness, and the challenge of balancing domestic life with creativity, The Last Supper is a wonderful travel book about life on the most famous art trail in the world, from one of Britain?s most pre-eminent writers.
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 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Her non-fiction book A Life's Work was published to huge acclaim in 2001. In 2003 she was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young Novelists. She lives in Brighton.
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