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  • Published: 30 January 2024
  • ISBN: 9781787334830
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $34.99

What Will Survive of Us




Love can change your life. Can it survive marriage and middle age?

Love can change your life. Can it survive marriage and middle age?

'A rare gift and one to be treasured' SUNDAY TIMES

‘A profound and vital book’ WILLIAM BOYD

Lily falls in love with Sam the minute she sets eyes on him. It takes Sam a day or two longer. Curious, because Lily – independent, headstrong, rational – has never quite believed in love; while Sam – confident, passionate, romantic – thought he understood it inside out.

Lily is an award-winning television documentary maker. Sam is an award-winning playwright. Both are in relationships that have quietly expired, but their encounter makes Lily and Sam come alive again. As they begin to work together on the page and on screen, an affair takes hold that they are powerless to resist.

Arriving in mid-life, their relationship opens unexpected new worlds and, for Lily, offers her a surprising form of liberation. But what will happen to them when familiarity, illness and age begin to take their toll? What will survive? Taking us to the edge of desire, love and betrayal across a lifetime, What Will Survive of Us reveals what is left of us when we strip away every layer.

‘A tender love story’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

  • Published: 30 January 2024
  • ISBN: 9781787334830
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

Howard Jacobson

Howard Jacobson has written sixteen novels and five works of non-fiction. He won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award in 2000 for The Mighty Walzer and then again in 2013 for Zoo Time. In 2010 he won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question; he was also shortlisted for the prize in 2014 for J.

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Praise for What Will Survive of Us

A wonderfully wise, moving and heartfelt novel. A profound and vital book

William Boyd, author of Any Human Heart

Howard Jacobson at his finest. An intense expression of romantic love and sexual desire

Linda Grant, author of The Story of the Forest

Something more subtle and melancholy than expected. In the best possible way, fans of Jacobson will not be disappointed

Observer

Jacobson has lost none of his garrulity and ebullienceWhat Will Survive of Us powers along with stretches of nimble verbal exchange in which the opponents are equally matched. And you're never far from a profound reflection on life's challenges

Literary Review

A rare gift and one to be treasured

Sunday Times

Essential human truths are conveyed through humour, melancholy and kinetic dialogue

Mail on Sunday

A tender love story... Jacobson’s sentences have always been things of beauty: ornate yet vigorous

Daily Telegraph