This Family

Kate Sawyer


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Hodder & Stoughton
11 May 2023
ISBN: 9781529340716
416 pages

From the publisher

An ambitious new novel of family life past and present from the author of the Costa Book Awards shortlisted The Stranding.'Feels like the ultimate eavesdropping exercise, it's satisfying fresh and expertly structured. The penultimate chapter will make you shriek. I loved it.' ALEXANDRA HEMINSLEY'Subtle, intelligent, and so deeply moving ... people who just feel so achingly real. Extraordinary.' A.J. WEST'Lyrical, literary and luminous ... buy it and treat yourself to writing at its finest.' BETHANY CLIFT'Absorbing and unexpected. It took some turns that I really didn't see coming, but which nonetheless felt plausible and satisfying.' REBECCA WAIT 'Perfection. Funny and powerful, deeply moving, hugely atmospheric.' LIZ HYDER'Intriguing, gripping, moving - this deserves to be HUGE.' MARIAN KEYES'Messy, complicated joyful characters and relationships that sneak into your heart and make you care ... a bittersweet, deftly woven, captivating portrayal of a mother and daughters.' JENNIFER SAINT'Beautiful and compelling ... the most complex of dynamics are handled with the lightest, deftest touch... masterful.' LAURA KAY'Every nuance of mother and daughters and sister relationships is vividly explored. Beautifully written, it expertly weaves the past with the present, building the tension, so you have to turn the pages.' GEORGINA MOORE'Kate Sawyer is an extraordinary, original writer... An immersive and absorbing read - I could not put this book down.' ALIYA ALI AFZAL'Unfolds like a great piece of theatre... The more I read, the harder it became to put down.' BOBBY PALMER 'Captures the ebb and flow of family dynamics in Chekhovian detail... makes you want to call out, "wait for me!" as the end approaches and the characters depart.' SUSANNAH WISE'Fans of The Stranding, rest assured--This Family is every bit as good and then some. An absolute treat from start to finish.' NATASHA CALDER 'The vibrant, complex members of This Family are still alive and well in my imagination, weeks after I finished reading it. The rich, precise prose drew me into their world and held me there from beginning to end.' JO BROWNING WROEIt is my dearest wish, that after so long apart, I am able to bring this family together for my wedding day.This house. This family.Mary has raised a family in this house. Watched her children play and laugh and bicker in this house. Today she is getting married in this house, with all her family in attendance. The wedding celebrations have brought fractured family together