Cat Brushing

Jane Campbell


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Quercus Publishing
22 June 2023
ISBN: 9781529421699
288 pages

From the publisher

'Sensual, spiky, tender and utterly original' Pandora Sykes
'A fierce and fascinating debut' Lily King

I was told of an older woman who was asked by her granddaughter, 'Granny, when was the happiest time of your life?'

'I don't know,' she replied, 'I may not have had it yet.'

The stories found in this collection explore the worlds of thirteen older women, reframing their intellectual and emotional lives in intimate vignettes that will shock and comfort in equal measure. In elegant prose Jane Campbell ignites the voices of women who are fighting to live on their own terms, energised by the stuff of human living: a need for companionship, attachments to love-objects, freedoms, integrity and sense of self. Cat Brushing confronts the tragic misconceptions of ageing showing older women to be nothing less than courageous, fearless and defiant in the face of overwhelming odds.