Come to the Edge

Come to the Edge

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A narrator in retreat from suburban life, a shambolic draughty farmhouse in a scenic valley...A widowed survivalist called Cassandra White...A banker, a village-full of empty second homes, and scores of poor and elderly people with nowhere to go...A crazy utopian scheme to reclaim the valley for the locals. A dark, timely satire from Joanna Kavenna, the prize-winning author of Inglorious and The Birth of Love...show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 134 x 192 x 32mm | 381.02g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780872135
  • 9781780872131
  • 1,365,602

About Joanna Kavenna

Joanna Kavenna is the author of The Ice Museum, Inglorious (which won the Orange Prize for New Writing), The Birth of Love, Come to the Edge and A Field Guide to Reality. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Guardian, Observer, Telegraph, Spectator, London Review of Books and New York Times and she has held writing fellowships at St Antony's College Oxford and St John's College Cambridge. In 2011 she was named as one of the Telegraph's 20 Writers Under 40 and in 2013 was listed as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in Oxfordshire.show more

Review quote

'Kavenna is a fantastically hilarious writer with scepticism, irony and venom pouring out of her fingertips' Avrupa. Avrupa 'An absolute knock-out - had me laughing again and again' Chris Cleave. Chris Cleave 'a short, sharp shock of a read, darkly funny and enjoying a satirical poke at the impracticability and earnestness of some anti-capitalists' Country Life magazine. Country Life magazine 'A resonance of mental instability thrums throughout as Kavenna probes received notions of justice and equality, property and rights, in this often hilarious and fast-paced tale of rural revolt' Independent. Independent 'Kavenna's comedy is effortless, brilliant and occasionally savage' Literary Review. Literary Review 'Kavenna writes as if possessed, as if on a mission, as if she had been taken over by her wonderful, impossible, dynamic leading character ... This is a novel to read at speed, laughing all the way to the edge' Observer. Observer 'crackles and sparkles and will have you chuckling on every page' Red Online. Red Online 'sharp, neat, well written and darkly comic' Telegraph. Telegraph 'Oh my aching sides ... Laugh? I nearly exploded reading Kavenna's knock-out satire on alternative lifestyle' Daily Mail. Daily Mailshow more

Rating details

203 ratings
3.26 out of 5 stars
5 15% (30)
4 24% (49)
3 38% (78)
2 18% (36)
1 5% (10)

Our customer reviews

I didn't know what to expect from this book. I went in to it completely open minded and not knowing much; I'm glad because after reading the synopsis I realise it doesn't do much for this book. The first 100 pages or so was very enjoyable, I was laughing out loud now and again at Cassandra's crazy-ness and at the narrator. After that, it went a little downhill. It was all very crazy and dramatic and I didn't really know what was happening. I think the whole thing about the empty houses and the 'perverts' was a little weird. Then again, I don't usually read this sort of book but I did enjoy it somewhat and I think people who usually read this sort of genre will enjoy it more. The writing style is good. It's very easy to follow and there's nothing different about it. I like how the author chose to keep the narrator's identity under wraps. It doesn't distract from the story and if I'm honest, I didn't notice it until half way through. The ending. I'm not really sure if I liked it or not. It was very sudden and abrupt. But I think that was what was supposed to happen. Everything was so dramatic and fast paced and then it all stopped with a big sudden ending which was good. If you're a fan of contemporary humorous books, this is for you. It's definitely different but worth a read!show more
by Lauren Kennedy
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