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Live a Little

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 21mm | 353g
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 178733144X
  • 9781787331440
  • 694

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"A joyous new novel... A life-affirming tale of late-flowering love...We should all be grateful Howard Jacobson is getting older. He has clearly given thought to the indignities of old age... if we manage to live a little longer, we might have the privilege of enjoying more novels such as this one." * Sunday Times * "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." * Independent * "Brilliantly observed... No other novelist writing in Britain could dramatise this nonagenarian love story with greater verve and tenderness, while never forgetting that this is a resplendently comedic form." * Observer * "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 * "Witty and razor sharp... Almost forty years after the publication of his first novel, Jacobson shows that he has lost none of his verve, insight or ability to write dark comedy." * Literary Review *
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About Howard Jacobson

Howard Jacobson has written sixteen 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; he was also shortlisted for the prize in 2014 for J.
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