Shelf Life (Hardback)
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Shelf Life (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 29/08/2019
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'An impressive, Sally Rooney-esque debut novel' New Statesman

'Shelf Life is whip-smart, slyly heartbreaking, and I felt the truth of it in my bones. Franchini dissects ideas of love, dating and identity in a way that feels both ruthless and humane. I loved it.'
Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure

Launching an intelligent, perceptive new voice in fiction, Shelf Life is the exquisite, heart-wrenching story of a woman rebuilding herself on her own terms.

Ruth is thirty years old. She works as a nurse in a care home and her fiance has just broken up with her. The only thing she has left of him is their shopping list for the upcoming week.

And so she uses that list to tell her story. Starting with six eggs, and working through spaghetti and strawberries, and apples and tea bags, Ruth discovers that her identity has been crafted from the people she serves; her patients, her friends, and, most of all, her partner of ten years. Without him, she needs to find out - with conditioner and single cream and a lot of sugar - who she is when she stands alone.

'A Bridget Jones for cynical souls' Natasha Bell, author of The Perfect Wife

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780857526663
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 407 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 29 mm

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“Not the easiest of reads but I had a soft spot for Ruth”

I have a serious case of cover love with this book. Isn't it gorgeous? And significant to the storyline too.

This is the story of Ruth, a 30 year old woman. As the book begins her partner of 10 years, Neil, has... More

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“An intelligent analysis of life”

Thank you to the publishers for this advance review copy, I also had the pleasure of meeting Livia & hearing her speak (although I didn't catch a signature on my copy).
This book is structured around an... More

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“Livia Franchini – Shelf Life”

After ten years together, Ruth finds herself suddenly alone. Neil has left and all that her life consists of now is her work as a nurse in an old people’s home and shopping groceries at the small Tesco close to her... More

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