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The Forrests


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An extraordinary literary novel, this is prize-winning author Emily Perkins's greatest work to date

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Emily Perkins is the author of Not Her Real Name, a collection of short stories which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and the novels Leave Before You Go, The New Girl and, most recently, Novel About My Wife, winner of the Believer Award. Emily Perkins lives in New Zealand.


Perkins is an extraordinary writer ... The Forrests is a novel to be savoured -- Daisy Goodwin * Sunday Times *
Dexterously communicates some of life's less-syncopated rhythms ... Funny, painful and utterly mesmerising * Independent on Sunday *
The novel I would most like to press into my friends' suitcases this summer ... kept me up reading late into the night -- Helen Brown * Daily Telegraph *
Literary fiction at its most luscious * Mail on Sunday *
Brilliant and differently boundary smashing ... An ambitious family saga flooded with light and life * Julie Myerson, New Statesman Books of the Year *
Exhilarating: intensely attentive, funny, lyrical and moving * Kate Summerscale, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year *
Word by word, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph this book accelerates into brilliance ... remarkable -- Tom Sutcliffe * BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review *
Extraordinary ... It is so sensitively rendered that you feel every detail, down to the blades of grass that grazes the children's knees ... It seems, in these pages, as if Perkins has a special gift for capturing a child's inner universe, but the talent extends itself as the novel progresses to the incandescent joys and devastations of teenage love, the compromises of mid-life and the tragedy of old age ... a magnificent novel -- Arifa Akba * Independent *
Perkins writes vividly and often beautifully ... an intelligent and perceptive novel -- Allan Massie * Scotsman *

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