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Rachel Cusk (born 8 Feb 1967) is a UK-based Canadian-born novelist and writer.
Rachel Cusk was born in Canada in 1967 and spent much of her childhood in Los Angeles before finishing her education at St Mary's Convent, Cambridge. She read English at New College, Oxford, and has travelled extensively in Spain and Central America. She is the author of six novels. The first, Saving Agnes (1993), won the Whitbread First Novel Award. A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001) is a personal exploration of motherhood. In The Lucky Ones (2003) she uses a series of five narratives, loosely linked by the experience of parenthood, to write of life's transformations, of what separates us from those we love and what binds us to those we no longer understand.
She is divorced from her second husband, photographer Adrian Clarke, with whom she has two daughters, Albertine and Jessye. Cusk wrote in detail about the marriage in Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation (2012); a review of the book by Camilla Long won the Hatchet Job of the Year award.
- Saving Agnes (1993)
- The Temporary (1995)
- The Country Life (1997)
- The Lucky Ones (2003)
- In the Fold (2005)
- Arlington Park (2006)
- The Bradshaw Variations (2009)
- Outline (2014)
- A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001)
- The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy (2009)
- Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation (2012)
- Introductions & Forewords
- Bonjour Tristesse by François Sagan (Penguin, 2008)
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (Folio Society, 2009)
- The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence (Vintage, 2011)
- Complete Stories by Kingsley Amis (Penguin Classics, 2011)
Awards and prizes
- 1993 Whitbread First Novel Award Saving Agnes
- 1997 Somerset Maugham Award The Country Life
- 2003 Whitbread Novel Award (shortlist) The Lucky Ones
- 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction (shortlist) Arlington Park
"Suburban Worlds: Rachel Cusk and Jon McGregor." In B. Schoene. The Cosmopolitan Novel. Edinburgh University Press, 2009.
- "Weekend Birthdays", The Guardian, 8 Feb 2014: 52
- Granta list of Best Young British Novelists, 2003.
- "When silence speaks louder than slurs: Rachel Cusk's ex-husband refuses to be drawn on their marital split". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 September 2012.[dead link]
- "Lynn Barber, "Rachel Cusk: The Interview"". London: The Observer. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
- "Hatchet Job 2013". Retrieved 2014-04-05.