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Howard Jacobson
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Live a Little

Howard Jacobson


9781787331440

JONATHAN CAPE


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Adult & contemporary romance;
Age groups: the elderly;
Advocate - Fiction


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352 pages

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A wickedly observed novel about falling in love at the end of your life, by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question.

At the age of ninety-something, Beryl Dusinbery is forgetting everything - including her own children. She spends her days stitching morbid samplers and tormenting her two long-suffering carers, Nastya and Euphoria, with tangled stories of her husbands and love affairs.

Shimi Carmelli can do up his own buttons, walks without the aid of a frame and speaks without spitting. Among the widows of North London, he's whispered about as the last of the eligible bachelors. Unlike Beryl, he forgets nothing - especially not the shame of a childhood incident that has hung over him like an oppressive cloud ever since.

There's very little life remaining for either of them, but perhaps just enough to heal some of the hurt inflicted along the way, and find new meaning in what's left. Told with Jacobson's trademark wit and style, Live a Little is in equal parts funny, irreverent and tender - a novel to make you consider all the paths not taken, and whether you could still change course.

By:   Howard Jacobson
Imprint:   JONATHAN CAPE
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   353g
ISBN:   9781787331440
ISBN 10:   178733144X
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Howard Jacobson has written fifteen novels and five works of non-fiction. He won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award in 2000 for The Mighty Walzer and then again in 2013 for Zoo Time. In 2010 he won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question and was also shortlisted for the prize in 2014 for his most recent novel, J.


A meander of a novel that nonetheless feels urgent... for all of its moments of bleakness, and the occasional flicker of genuine terror, it's rarely less than bitterly funny in its determination to face up to the obliteration that awaits us all. * Guardian * What a relief to come on a novel which invites you to smile and even laugh. * Scotsman * Fast and clever... As the narrative develops, the plot twists more and more...and the past is harder to shake off... The novel's brilliant cover tells it all: hearts and skulls, love and death. * Jewish Chronicle * A tender story of unlikely love... Wise, witty, and deftly crafted. * Kirkus Reviews * A thoroughly enjoyable read. For a literature snob and a language obsessive...there is a lot to feast on...for someone looking for an emotionally honest storyline, the book also delivers. Live a Little is about growing old, but it's also about gender, race, love and politics. * Independent *

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