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An Unremarkable Body: Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2018

Elisa Lodato

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

An unremarkable body does not mean an unremarkable life

***Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2018***


'An intriguing tale of love and loss . . . written with verve and delivers an amazing twist' Sunday Mirror
'A haunting debut about grief, loss and motherhood' The Pool
'This novel pulls you in and will have you racing to reach the end' Good Housekeeping

When Katharine is found dead at the foot of her stairs, it is the mystery of her life that consumes her daughter, Laura. The medical examiner's report, in which precious parts of Katharine's body are weighed and categorised, motivates Laura to write her own version of events. But as she delves deeper into Katharine's past, she is forced to confront a new version of the woman she knew only as her mother. A woman silenced by her own mother and wronged by her husband. A woman who lived in the shadows but whose secrets are now coming to light.

*** Includes an extract from Elisa Lodato's second novel The Necessary Marriage.***

'An incredibly moving story of maternal love, sacrifice, and how little we know those closest to us' Chloe Mayer, author of The Boy Made of Snow
'Beautiful, sensitive, and poignant' Clarissa Goenawan, author of Rainbirds
'Spare, confident and affecting. A compelling read' Joanna Barnard, author of Precocious and Hush Little Baby

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Praise for An Unremarkable Body: Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2018

  • An intriguing tale of love, loss and missed opportunities . . . written with verve and delivers an amazing twist - SUNDAY MIRROR

  • Tender and moving, this part-thriller, part-memoir will leave you floored - EMERALD STREET

  • This novel pulls you in and will have you racing to reach the end - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

  • It is written with verve, pace and sensitivity. A fabulous debut that also delivers an amazing twist as a final flourish - THE PEOPLE

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Elisa Lodato

Elisa Lodato grew up in London and read English at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After graduating she went to live in Japan where she spent a year teaching, travelling and learning to speak the language. On returning to the UK she spent many happy years working for Google before training to become an English teacher. Helping pupils to search for meaning in a text inspired Elisa to take up the pen and write her own. Her first novel, AN UNREMARKABLE BODY, was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award 2016. Elisa lives in Surrey with her husband and two children.

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