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Shelf Life (Paperback)
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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 09/01/2020
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'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.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784164805
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 199 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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' *
This is a beautiful novel. The scene with the mother and the chicken is one of the most rigorous, affecting, strange scenes I have read in a while and it's still haunting me. It was funny, and sad, and I devoured it. It reminded me of Convenience Store Woman. I absolutely loved it. * Susannah Dickey, author of 'Tennis Lessons' *
Livia Franchini has delivered an impressive, Sally Rooney-esque debut novel. * New Statesman *
Shelf Life is so intimate. It's like riding the bus home with a friend as she confides her secret hopes and fears. Each raw emotion is carefully delivered. Franchini has created a protagonist who feels achingly real. I wanted to cancel all my plans and just read this book. * Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of 'Harmless Like You' *
Shelf Life feels like a Bridget Jones for cynical souls. Franchini captures perfectly the mundane devastation of heartbreak and the utter impossibility of knowing and being known. Sweet, funny, odd and achingly perceptive, this seemingly small tale asks some terrifyingly big questions about love, loss, identity and existence. I couldn't put it down. * Natasha Bell, author of 'His Perfect Wife' *

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Hardback

“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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“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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“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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