The Portable Veblen: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016 (Paperback)
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The Portable Veblen: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016 (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages
Published: 19/01/2016

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A laugh-out-loud love story with big ideas - and squirrels

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016

Can squirrels speak? Do snails scream?

Will a young couple, newly engaged, make it to their wedding day? Will their dysfunctional families ruin everything? Will they be undone by the advances of a very sexy, very unscrupulous heiress to a pharmaceuticals corporation?

Is getting married even a remotely reasonable idea in the twenty-first century?

And what in the world is a 'Veblen' anyway?

'Raw and weird and hilarious' Guardian

'A touching, wildly funny and peculiarly elegant look at the travails of love of all kinds' Sunday Express

'Elizabeth McKenzie is clearly some sort of genius' Paul Murray

'I can't remember a book I enjoyed more' Nina Stibbe

'Seriously funny and extraordinarily well written' Jonathan Franzen, Guardian books of the year

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008160630
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 33 mm

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“Quirky fiction (but not Scandinavian...)”

This story is about Veblen, a warm and quirky young woman who values a peaceful and useful life. Somehow she seems to have been damaged by her relationship with her mother but has fallen in love with Paul. He also... More

Hardback edition
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Lizzie | @littlehux

“Mental health, anti-consumerism, and ... squirrels? A rich, touching story.”

The Portable Veblen is my 6th Baileys Prize book finished. Veblen (named after famous philosopher Thorstein Veblen) is a young, scatty woman, who translates Norwegian as a hobby and talks to squirrels. At first I was... More

Hardback edition
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“A very enjoyable and quirky read, with twists and turns that never fail to surprise. ”

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
It is really difficult to put this book into any particular box: romance, fantasy, psychological study of family dynamics... Any... More

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