Publication Date: 23/11/2021 ISBN: 9781526640963 Category:

These Precious Days

Ann Patchett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: 23/11/2021 ISBN: 9781526640963 Category:


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‘A heartfelt and witty collection of essays on everything from marriage and knitting to the inevitability of death’ Guardian

‘A pitch-perfect collection … She can turn a sentence like no one else: her writing is clear, honest, witty, and just full of unsentimental humanity’ Nigella Lawson

‘Profound and clever and funny and wise’ Meg Mason, author of Sorrow & Bliss

An irresistible collection of essays and memoir from the internationally bestselling, Women’s Prize-winning author of The Dutch House

‘Any story that starts will also end.’ As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Patchett ponders this as she explores family, friendship, marriage, failure, success, and what it all means.

Ranging from the personal – her portrait of the three men she called her fathers; how a chance encounter with Tom Hanks led to one of the most important friendships of her life; how to answer when someone asks why you don’t have children – to the sublime – the unexpected influence of Snoopy; the importance of knitting; the pleasure to be found in children’s books – each essay transforms the particular into the universal, letting us all see our own worlds anew.

Illuminating, penetrating, funny and generous, These Precious Days is joyful time spent in the company of one of our greatest living authors.

‘Patchett’s essays are both sharp and humane … like a hugely enjoyable conversation with a particularly brilliant friend’ Sadie Jones

Publisher Review

Patchett's essays are both sharp and humane ... like a hugely enjoyable conversation with a particularly brilliant friend -- SADIE JONES I am counting down to the release of These Precious Days. I adore everything she writes but especially her essays, which are always profound and clever, and funny and wise -- MEG MASON PRAISE FOR ANN PATCHETT: Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life rather than literature -- Elizabeth Lowry * Times Literary Supplement, Book of the Year * One of my top favourite contemporary writers. I don't think that there's a book of hers that I haven't put down at the end and been haunted by for weeks after -- Gillian Anderson Few novelists today combine such a forensic eye with an acute and humane understanding of human nature. I would read Ann Patchett's shopping list -- Jojo Moyes She is one of those rare writers, like Anne Enright or Anne Tyler, who is able to convey poignancy and humour in the space of a single sentence -- Elizabeth Day Patchett is a pleasure to read: there is a no-fuss casualness to the prose that is only possible when a writer is in control of every word and she is master of her art * Observer * Stunning -- India Knight * Sunday Times * We expect a lot from Patchett ... This does not let her, or us, down * The Times * Like climbing into a luxurious automobile and hitting the road on a perfect day. Patchett is in the driver's seat and I don't mind where she takes me -- Erica Wagner * New Statesman * Spoken about in the same breath as the likes of Jennifer Egan or Dave Eggers, Patchett is one of the most celebrated novelists of our times ... But it is her new book, widely billed a one of this autumn's best new reads, where she truly comes into her own * Sunday Times Magazine * Bliss -- Nigella Lawson

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