Checkout 19 (Hardback)Claire-Louise Bennett (author)
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A novel of sheer vision and emotive pull from the author of Pond, Checkout 19 is a tale of art, freedom and circumstance that follows a woman picking apart the narrative of her own life.
We read in order to come to life.
With fierce imagination, a woman revisits the moments that shape her life; from crushes on teachers to navigating relationships in a fast-paced world; from overhearing her grandmothers' peculiar stories to nurturing her own personal freedom and a boundless love of literature.
Fusing fantasy with lived experience, Checkout 19 is a vivid and mesmerising journey through the small traumas and triumphs that define us - as readers, as writers, as human beings.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 346 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 24 mm
'Checkout 19 beautifully explores the makings of a young woman writer.' - Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail
'Mesmerising, whip-smart, full of genius and utterly singular, Checkout 19 is one of the most beautiful and political books I've read. Put simply, it's all about books. Bennett is a master at sweeping the caverns of life's minutiae with her uncanny observations and stunning prose, arriving at the most pressing things that haunt the human condition. It is also very funny (and very sad) and very very relatable. Just exquisite.' - Elaine Feeney
'Checkout 19 is a beautiful, hurt, unsettled, funny, and moving book about meaning and reading and recalling, but most of all about coming to life.' - David Hayden
'Reading Checkout 19 is not unlike coming back to life after a long and brutal winter. Highly original and deeply felt. I'm so glad Claire-Louise Bennett exists. A writer to fall in love with.' - Nicole Flattery
'A deeply personal, completely singular book that somehow also spoke directly to my own private impressions and experiences. Extremely funny, extremely sharp, devastating, invigorating.' - Lisa Owens
'Brilliant, singular, feminist, ambitious - Claire-Louise Bennett is an extraordinary writer.' - Sinead Gleeson
'I fell into Checkout 19 and didn't want to climb back out. It is wonderful - I'm not sure why, and that makes it all the more wonderful.' - Roddy Doyle
'Bennett is a leading exponent of a new modernism, but her voice is all her own. Her prose is profoundly surprising; she gets to places you didn't know were there.' - Anne Enright
'Reading Checkout 19 filled me with joy, it is so good! The writing is exceptional; rich, playful and at the same time full of presence and urgency. It is a book about literature, how reading both expands our world and takes us away from it, and it is also a book about life [when it is] at its most vulnerable, and these two merge into the question: how can we take back our own story? What is our own story? Bennett writes like no one else, she is in complete control of the language, skilfull and innovative in an almost joycean way. She is a rare talent, and Checkout 19 is a masterful novel.' - Karl Ove Knausgaard
'This is the book - the one you've been looking for. It really is. It's full of desire, rage, mischief, opulence. This is the book. It's about what's important - about finding it, grasping it, losing it. This is the book.' - Toby Litt
'On the basis of just one book, the mysterious Pond, Claire-Louise Bennett established a devoted following pretty much worldwide. This is her new book to shake the world anew.' - Sebastian Barry
'There's no one in whose language and rhythms I'd rather immerse than Claire-Louise Bennett, as her character plumbs her own past and a personal history of literature, via classrooms and train stations, supermarket aisles and Viennese opera houses, pickled cucumber and cheese on toast. Witty, moving and propulsive, Checkout-19 makes a triumphant case for what novels - and reading - can do.' - Francesca Wade
'A profound and very funny book about growth and promise, and how not to kill them off; about women reading and writing and how they survive... thrilling.' - London Review of Books
'An extraordinary document about the richness of inner life... It is rare to feel the sensation of another mind as vividly as in this radiant book.' - Phil Baker, Sunday Times
'Checkout 19 inches close to what it is to love... The novel is defiantly told through impulse - the impulse to write a certain character, to read a particular book, to say something or stay quiet - and in this way, a woman, and a writer, emerges.' - Rebecca Watson, Financial Times
'A fantastically various novel consisting of seven sections in which we loosely follow a narrator...at different ages and in different places - through an intricate collage of ideas, sensations and emotions.' - Alex Clark, The Guardian
'Surprisingly exhilarating, packing both an intellectual and emotional punch... Checkout 19 offers plenty to relish: fizzing sentences, set pieces that are funny, alarming or both a convincingly fractured portrait of a convincingly fractured narrator.' - James Walton - Daily Telegraph
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This beautiful meandering novel traces a woman's life through the books that she has read and stories she has written. It reminds me a lot of Deborah Levy's living memoir series in tone and structure.... More
“we read in order to come to life”
I requested a copy of Checkout 19 because the premise intrigued me. I couldn't say why the premise intrigued me, as the premise I was aware of was simply that Checkout 19 is a book about one woman's life and... More
Roddy Doyle says of Checkout 19 "It is wonderful....I am not sure why, and that makes it all the more wonderful"
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