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  • Published: 4 September 2022
  • ISBN: 9781910702659
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $42.99

A Hunger

From the prizewinning author of GOD’S OWN COUNTRY



From the prizewinning author of God's Own Country and A Natural comes a moving and intimate exploration of marriage, devotion and sacrifice, and a woman's enduring search for freedom.

From the prizewinning author of God's Own Country and A Natural comes a moving and intimate exploration of marriage, devotion and sacrifice, and a woman's enduring search for freedom.
A Hunger is the story of Anita: a talented sous chef at a high-end London restaurant. At home, however, her husband Patrick is suffering from dementia and declining rapidly. As she is thrown between two conflicting worlds - the exciting bustle of her kitchen and her exhausting new role as a carer - Anita must make a decision: about her husband's future, as well as her own. Should she free them both by acting on his last plea for mercy, or should she remain faithful to the person Patrick once used to be? A decision complicated by ambition and the guilt of her own past - and by her intensifying friendship with another man, Peter, and the temptation of a new life.

A Hunger is a novel about love and sacrifice; how illness and duty affect ordinary lives. With tenderness and precision, Ross Raisin explores what it means to look after somebody at the end of a life; what we owe to our loved ones, and to ourselves.

'The poignancy of Ross Raisin's characters is equalled only by the brilliance of his writing' - John Boyne, on A Natural

  • Published: 4 September 2022
  • ISBN: 9781910702659
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $42.99

About the author

Ross Raisin

Ross Raisin was born in 1979 in West Yorkshire. His first novel, God's Own Country, was published in 2008 and was shortlisted for nine literary awards, including the Guardian First Book Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. In 2009 Ross Raisin was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. In 2013 he was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British writers. He lives in London.

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Praise for A Hunger

There can be no doubt he's one of our best novelists...Dealing sensitively with love, ambition and duty - not to mention the bodily experience of womanhood, from youth to late middle age...absolutely not to be missed.

Anthony Cummings, Daily Mail

Ross Raisin's deeply thought out and beautifully unshowy fourth novel... is a superb achievement.

Guardian, *Book of the Day*

Gripping... Raisin is ambitious...and impressive in his execution.

Financial Times

Raisin's... most ambitious achievement yet... The attention to detail with which Anita is drawn means she steps outside the pages and lives enduringly in the reader's mind.

John Self, Observer

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