Rest and Be Thankful
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Rest and Be Thankful

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'Gorgeously written ... It's heartbreaking but beautiful, and perfect for escaping into' FLORENCE WELCH


Laura is a nurse in a paediatric unit. On long, quiet shifts, she and her colleagues, clad in their different shades of blue, care for sick babies, handling their exquisitely frangible bodies, carefully calibrating the mysterious machines that keep them alive.

Laura may be burned out. Her hands have been raw from washing as long as she can remember. When she sleeps, she dreams of water; when she wakes, she finds herself lying next to a man who doesn't love her any more. And there is a strange figure dancing in the corner of her vision, always just beyond her reach.

Dark yet luminous, sensual yet chilling, ringing with strange music and laced with dread, Rest and Be Thankful is an unforgettable novel that confirms Emma Glass as a visionary new voice.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 22mm | 294g
  • Bloomsbury Circus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1526601079
  • 9781526601070
  • 10,243

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Blends gnawing tension and surging tenderness ... At its height, Glass's battlefield prose calls to mind not a hospital soap but the literature of the trenches. This, though, is a trauma-generating war on death and despair fought for us in every city, every day i paper
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Blends gnawing tension and surging tenderness ... At its height, Glass's battlefield prose calls to mind not a hospital soap but the literature of the trenches. This, though, is a trauma-generating war on death and despair fought for us in every city, every day * i paper * The ward scenes, with their crystalline descriptions of the vertiginous business of care, exquisitely beat out the ceaseless rhythms of life on a hospital front line * Metro * Thrusts the reader into the pulse-raising fear, frenzy and relief of work in a paediatric intensive-care unit - the author's own specialism ... A battlefield atmosphere arises from Ms Glass's prose as she recounts the time-stopping teamwork that aims to preserve tiny, fragile lives * Economist * A sense of impending doom permeates Glass's gripping but disturbing second novel * Irish News * PRAISE FOR PEACH: 'The language is scintillating, the emotional heft remarkable * Observer, The best fiction for 2018 * Unsettling, idiosyncratic and discomforting, as well as being moving and utterly absorbing ... A bold, memorable novel - gripping, strange and utterly singular * Spectator * Peach is shocking, revealing and deals with a subject most authors would shy away from. It is uncomfortable, worthy and brave ...Glass deserves recognition for her bravery regarding both the topic and style * Independent * A daring novel * Sunday Times * A visceral work * New Statesman * An immensely talented young writer ... Her fearlessness renews one's faith in the power of literature -- George Saunders Glass's commitment to the visceral is like nothing else I've read ... Peach inhabits a strange, horror-story realm of the hyperreal, and Glass's vision goes a long way towards portraying an experience that's near-impossible to articulate * Observer * A dark poetic read that is a visceral in its telling. It's an extraordinary debut that we urge you to seek out * Stylist * A genre-defying and brilliantly surreal novella ... Barely 100 pages, and somewhere between poetry and prose, this is a book to be devoured in a single sitting. Glass is an exciting new author to know * Vogue * An impressive achievement ... A truly original voice for the future * Big Issue * Through prose that is lyrical, mythic and yet wonderfully clear, Peach expounds on themes of good versus evil, and the base nature of desire, consumption and carnality ... There is a spoken word vibrancy to Glass's prose * Irish Times * Powerfully felt, sinister, vivid * Literary Review * A gutsy, discomfiting experiment * Metro * A propulsive, unforgettable read that's impossible to shake * Entertainment Weekly * Choose wisely the moment when you pick up Peach; because once you do you'll be unable to put it down until the very last sentence -- Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire Impossible to categorise, intimately weird and exhilaratingly bold, Peach shares literary DNA with Gertrude Stein, Hubert Selby Jr, and Eimear McBride, but Emma Glass's massive talent is all her own -- Laline Paull, author of The Bees Ferocious, startling, all-consuming ... it has changed the way I see the world -- Daisy Johnson, author of Fen A work of genius. So lonesome and moving, so gruesome, wry, tender and plaintive. It is the new Jane Eyre, and one wild, thrilling ride. Swallow it in one gulp, and carry a spare copy in your pocket. Always -- Lucy Ellmann, author of Mimi
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About Emma Glass

Emma Glass was born in Wales in 1987 and is now based in London, where she writes and works as a children's nurse. Her debut novel Peach was published by Bloomsbury in 2018, has been translated into seven languages and was long-listed for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Her second novel Rest and Be Thankful will be published by Bloomsbury in 2020.
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160 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 26% (41)
4 42% (68)
3 24% (38)
2 8% (12)
1 1% (1)
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