by Claire-Louise Bennett
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 19 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 18 Sep 2021
Vintage, Jonathan Cape
*A 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK IN THE GUARDIAN, DAILY MAIL, DAILY TELEGRAPH, IRISH TIMES CULTURE AND NEW STATESMAN*
'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.
‘A major writer to be discovered and treasured.’ Deborah Levy
‘Full of desire, rage, mischief, opulence.’ Toby Litt
‘Bennett writes like no other.’ Karl Ove Knausgaard
‘She gets to places you didn’t know were there.’ Anne Enright
‘Whip-smart, full of genius… beautiful and political.’ Elaine Feeney
‘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
‘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
‘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.’
‘Brilliant, singular, feminist,
ambitious – Claire-Louise
Bennett is an extraordinary