Kate is smart, successful and adept at making people feel at home: her husband Adam, her children, the guests of the hotel chain she works for. But her own foundations are about to be knocked away - for while Kate has been building a life, Adam's attention has been elsewhere. Who is the woman he's been emailing? And whose number keeps showing up on his phone? Kate tries to hold things together for her daughters, but what can she say, now Adam won't be coming home? As Kate searches for answers, she is forced to reassess her family, her future, and the man she thought she knew . . .
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Anna Raverat is a humane and generous writer, giving voice to our best instincts and communicating, by quiet and often funny moments, a sense of our ability to overcome adversity with love. -- Chris Cleave A detailed observation of love, work and life told through a woman's crumbling marriage. The first-person voice is so compelling, it almost reads like a thriller. Addictive Bookseller Raverat mines the depth of this strife with wit, warmth and a sophisticated wisdom that makes it an unputdownable read. Psychologies Wise and subtle and witty ... filled with humanity and warmth. A compulsively readable book about a breakup from a brilliant new writer -- Maggie Gee This is one of the most bittersweet, searing books about a break up we've ever read. Cosmopolitan I wept through Lover by Anna Raverat. It's written with such a light touch, but is so piercing and so true. -- Liza Klaussmann, author of Tigers In Red Weather 'Fans of BBC drama Doctor Foster will devour this gripping tale of marital disintegration ... The writing is simply beautiful - moving and evocative, while skewering cliches about broken hearts and revenge. It's also the funniest book about a break-up you'll ever read, with a brilliant supporting cast of characters Glamour A sad and funny novel ... brilliantly skewers the insanities and inanities of the corporate workplace Stylist Anyone who has had heartbreak will wince at moments in this raw portrait of a marriage ... Skillfully written and powerful Sunday Mirror Brave Daily Mail A wise, honest and funny portrait of a marriage Fabulous Perceptive, insightful and engrossing Sunday Express Full of elegant prose and emotional insight ... With grace and humour, she immerses the reader in Kate's psychological disorientation ... As an anatomy of a broken marriage, Lover is a skilfully observed, evocative and affecting novel Observer Real, delicious summer reading, one for your suitcase, but with the bite of truthfulness ... telling the story of a husband's adulterous affair with unflinching truthfulness but also wit and generosity of spirit. A wise novel with values that is also elegantly written and a gripping read -- Maggie Gee Observer New Review The elegantly drawn portrait of a woman who alternates between anger, hope, despair, and acceptance is a familiar one ... Kate is a memorable character, rooted in a story as old as the hills yet still on point today. Booklist
About Anna Raverat
Anna Raverat was born in Cambridge and grew up in North Yorkshire with her parents, Lucy Raverat, a painter, and Andrew Rawlinson, an academic and writer, and her three younger siblings. She is descended from Gwendolin Raverat, a celebrated artist and member of the Bloomsbury group. Anna read English at King's College, Cambridge and now works as a consultant in organisation development and leadership. She lives in London with her three children. She is the author of Signs of Life and Lover.
Lover by Anna Raverat
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