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Ann Patchett



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23 November 2021
'A heartfelt and witty collection of essays on everything from marriage and knitting to the inevitability of death' Guardian, 50 biggest books of autumn

'Profound and clever and funny and wise' Meg Mason, author of Sorrow & Bliss

An irresistible collection of essays and memoir from the internationally bestselling, Women's Prize-winning author of The Dutch House

Any story that starts will also end. As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Patchett ponders this as she explores family, friendship, marriage, failure, success, and what it all means.

Ranging from the personal – her portrait of the three men she called her fathers; how a chance encounter with Tom Hanks led to one of the most important friendships of her life; how to answer when someone asks why you don't have children – to the sublime – the unexpected influence of Snoopy; the importance of knitting; the pleasure to be found in children's books - each essay transforms the particular into the universal, letting us all see our own worlds anew.

Illuminating, penetrating, funny and generous, These Precious Days is joyful time spent in the company of one of our greatest living authors.

'Patchett's essays are both sharp and humane ... like a hugely enjoyable conversation with a particularly brilliant friend' Sadie Jones
 These precious days by Ann Patchett

By:   Ann Patchett
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   520g
ISBN:   9781526640956
ISBN 10:   1526640953
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   23 November 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels and three works of non-fiction. Her most recent novel The Dutch House was a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, and longlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize. In 2002 she won the Orange Prize for Fiction with Bel Canto, a prize she has also twice been shortlisted for with The Magician's Assistant in 1998 and State of Wonder in 2012. She is also the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl.

Reviews for These Precious Days

Patchett's essays are both sharp and humane ... like a hugely enjoyable conversation with a particularly brilliant friend -- SADIE JONES I am counting down to the release of These Precious Days. I adore everything she writes but especially her essays, which are always profound and clever, and funny and wise -- MEG MASON All of life - friendship, love, loss, fertility, grief, gratitude, success and failure - is contained in These Precious Days * Harper's Bazaar * These Precious Days ... is so full of heart that it practically throbs in your hands ... The whole volume is a delight: a celebration of friendship and generosity and the flare of those unexpected coincidences which light a life -- Cressida Connolly * Spectator, Books of the Year * It's radiant storytelling, both questing and vulnerable in its candour ... It confronts, too, the extent to which literature and life diverge ... Timely, timeless and as full-voiced as her smile is broad * Observer * To immerse oneself in her book is to see the world as she does, in all its wonder and beauty. Read it, cherish it, buy a copy for your best friend, then read it once more * i Paper * Patchett's latest stands out from the crowd. Reflecting on fiction, family life and her recent career as a bookseller in Nashville, it's illuminating and often surprising ... A book to savour * Metro * Fantastic ... The tales she shares are personal, the truths they reflect are universal * Good Housekeeping * A book for our times ... Following almost two years in which, for many of us, death has come too close for comfort, Patchett takes us by the hand and shows us what makes a life * * Rich and vibrant * Red * Life-affirming * Vogue * PRAISE FOR ANN PATCHETT: Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life rather than literature -- Elizabeth Lowry * Times Literary Supplement, Book of the Year * One of my top favourite contemporary writers. I don't think that there's a book of hers that I haven't put down at the end and been haunted by for weeks after -- Gillian Anderson Few novelists today combine such a forensic eye with an acute and humane understanding of human nature. I would read Ann Patchett's shopping list -- Jojo Moyes She is one of those rare writers, like Anne Enright or Anne Tyler, who is able to convey poignancy and humour in the space of a single sentence -- Elizabeth Day Patchett is a pleasure to read: there is a no-fuss casualness to the prose that is only possible when a writer is in control of every word and she is master of her art * Observer * Stunning -- India Knight * Sunday Times * We expect a lot from Patchett ... This does not let her, or us, down * The Times * Like climbing into a luxurious automobile and hitting the road on a perfect day. Patchett is in the driver's seat and I don't mind where she takes me -- Erica Wagner * New Statesman * Spoken about in the same breath as the likes of Jennifer Egan or Dave Eggers, Patchett is one of the most celebrated novelists of our times ... But it is her new book, widely billed a one of this autumn's best new reads, where she truly comes into her own * Sunday Times Magazine * Bliss -- Nigella Lawson

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