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So Much for That by Lionel Shriver
  

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What do you pack for the rest of your life? The explosive new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin. Enlivened by Shriver's signature acerbity and political outrage, it's surely the funniest and most entertaining novel about illness and death one's ever likely to read.

If you like Lionel Shriver you might also like to read books by Jane Hamilton, Scarlett Thomas and Jodi Picoult.

Synopsis

So Much for That by Lionel Shriver

Shepherd Knacker has been saving all his working life for a one way ticket away from the daily grind. When he sells his handyman business for $1million, 'The Afterlife' seems tantalisingly within reach. Yet his wife has concocted one reason after another why now isn't the time to go. Determined to take the plunge, Shep announces that he is leaving for an island off the coast of Tanzania: with or without her. However, Glynis has an announcement of her own -- she needs his health insurance. Illustrating how a marriage is both stressed and strengthened by medical crisis, So Much for That puts the uncomfortable fiscal question: how much is one life worth?

Reviews

'Wide-ranging, sometimes zany and unpredictable, this is a compelling read. And however many twists Shriver shoves in, you always believe her.' The Times

'Many people will like Lionel Shriver's ninth novel -- admirers of gripping and clever contemporary fiction, discerning critics and, if there is any justice, literary prize committees.' Guardian

'Shriver proves she is not afraid of anything! Observer It's a wonder that subject matter on the surface so bleak can be transformed into something so uplifting.' Daily Telegraph

'Yes, a brilliantly funny cancer book! You can rely on Lionel Shriver to upend your expectations.' Daily Express

'Required reading for all mortals.' Daily Mail

About the Author

Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the 2005 Orange Prize and has now sold over a million copies worldwide. Other books include Double Fault, A Perfectly Good Family, and So Much for That. Lionel’s novels have been translated into twenty-five different languages and. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Lionel Shriver

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Paperback

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Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9780007271085

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