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The Motion of the Body Through Space

Lionel Shriver



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01 May 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
From the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin Allergic to group activities of any kind, all her life Serenata has run, swum, and cycled - on her lonesome. But now that she's hit 60, all that physical activity has destroyed her knees. As she contemplates surgery with dread, her previously sedentary husband Remington, recently and ignominiously redundant, chooses this precise moment to discover exercise.

Which should be good for his health, right? Yet as he joins the cult of fitness that seems increasingly to consume the whole of the Western world, her once-modest husband burgeons into an unbearable narcissist. Ignoring all his other obligations in the service of extreme sport, he engages a saucy, taunting personal trainer named Bambi, who treats his wife with contempt. When Remington announces his intention to compete in a legendarily gruelling triathlon, MettleMan, Serenata is sure he's going to end up injured or dead - but the stubbornness of an ageing man in Lycra is not to be underestimated.

The story of an obsession, of a marriage, of a betrayal: The Motion of the Body Through Space is Lionel Shriver at her hilarious, sharp-eyed, audacious best.
By:   Lionel Shriver
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 221mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   410g
ISBN:   9780007560790
ISBN 10:   0007560796
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 May 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lionel Shriver's novels include Sunday Times bestsellers Big Brother and The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World and The Orange Prize-winning international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian and the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn.

Reviews for The Motion of the Body Through Space

Praise for THE MOTION OF THE BODY THROUGH SPACE: 'Enjoyably abrasive... a compelling read... sardonic and elegant' Evening Standard Praise for Lionel Shriver: 'Shriver is brilliant' The Times 'Shriver has always seemed to be at least a few steps ahead of the rest of us' New York Times 'The go-to novelist for some of the big issues' Daily Mail '[Shriver has] a sharp social eye and a blistering comic streak' New Yorker 'As a writer, Shriver's talents are many: She's especially skilled at playing with readers' reflexes for sympathy and revulsion, never letting us get too comfortable with whatever firm understanding we think we have of a character' Washington Post

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