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The Weekend: The international bestseller, shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2020 Hardcover – 25 June 2020

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  • Hardcover : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1474612970
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1474612975
  • Product Dimensions : 15.8 x 3.4 x 23.8 cm
  • Publisher : W&N (25 June 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 188 ratings

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The Weekend by Charlotte Wood is acerbic brilliance... It is so great I am struggling to find the words to do it justice... Wood is an agonisingly gifted writer, so great at capturing micro-emotions, the complexity of friendship, love, mother-child tension, all done with breezy readability. At time it's funny, thought-provoking, very moving. I care so much about the characters. I am now going to read all her other books!, Marian Keyes

A rare pleasure... Warm and wise... This unsentimental gaze is typical of Wood's quietly radical tragicomedy. I was shocked by how unusual it felt to spend 275 pages exclusively in the company of older women... The Weekend is a shortish novel that slips down easily... With ostensibly light touch, Wood commands the long histories of these three very different women... A surefooted novel that packs 50 years into one weekend' -- Claire Lowden, THE SUNDAY TIMES

A glorious, forthright tale of female friendship... The temptation to reduce ageing to a condition experienced en masse rather than by individuals is a trap that snares only lesser writers. The better ones have avoided it - writers such as Nora Ephron and Penelope Lively, and, most recently, Elizabeth Strout. Joining their ranks is Australian Charlotte Wood, whose novel The Weekend conceives of old age as a state of mutiny rather than stasis, a period of constant striving against the world, but also against oneself... Masterful... What gives this novel its glorious, refreshing, forthright spine is that each of its protagonists is still adamantly (often disastrously) alive, and still less afraid of death than irrelevance. I read The Weekend during the week Dame Judi Dench, at 85, became the oldest person to appear on the cover of British Vogue, and soon afterwards a photo of 70-year-old Vera Wang wearing a sports bra went viral. There seemed to be a marvellous serendipity about all that which wasn't lost on me as I underlined these words: "Life - ideas, thinking, experience, was still there, to be mastered ... She had not finished her turn, would not sink down. She wanted more." -- Sara Collins, GUARDIAN

The Weekend captivated me from the excellent opening chapter... The three main characters - Jude, Adele and Wendy - are superbly drawn... Wood evocatively captures the pasts of these resilient women... The Weekend triumphantly brings to life the honest, inner lives of Jude, Adele and Wendy... This wise, funny novel will help you understand yourself - and it may scare the s*** out of anyone brave enough to confront the truths within its masterful pages., INDEPENDENT

An authentic, sometimes funny, occasionally brutally well-observed study of female society and friendship . . . As with the novels of Elizabeth Strout or Anne Tyler, these are characters not written to please, but to feel true, THE SUNDAY TIMES

Wood finds a beautiful balance between her three women, swivelling between their perspectives on the present and their shared past. The gaps between how a character sees themselves and how their friends see them are astutely drawn, both painfully comic and frequently heartbreaking... Wood is to be praised for taking female friendship seriously and for being caustically honest - there's not a sentimental line in this beautifully insightful book. -- Holly Williams, OBSERVER

It's hard to imagine a more perfect study of female friendship than this unflinching look at the intricate mesh of fondnesses, micro-tensions and resentments that bind the women but may, eventually, tear them apart. Wood is unforgiving in her portrayal of the women yet they are so well drawn, so alive on the page, it is impossible not to feel a kinship and intimacy with each of them... The denouement is so magnificent, so heart-rending, that there is no doubt Wood is a writer of an exceptional calibre.Set in Australia over the course of a hot, long weekend, this is a great big gulp of a novel that cries out to be read in a single sitting. -- Rosie Hopegood, DAILY EXPRESS

Sharply observed and smartly paced... There's a steady crackle of irony from the gap between how the women judge each other and what they actually say... It might all seem a downward gear change from the violent feminist dystopia of Wood's previous novel, The Natural Way Of Things, but don't be fooled. This is a stealthier book: smuggled into its tender but clear-eyed portrait of long-term friendship is a troubling and comfortless picture of old age as a loss of dignity that hits the sexes unequally, DAILY MAIL

Who would have guessed that a chamber piece would feel like the most unreachable fantasy? Our current moment adds a alluring element to the latest from beloved Australian novelist Charlotte Wood, whose sixth novel, The Weekend, sees three friends in their seventies embark on a rich but difficult task: cleaning out their late friend Sylvie's house. Jude, Wendy, and Adele's dynamic, compressed by the dual crucibles of close quarters and grief, stretches and threatens to break as they uncover unknown things about each other. Wood's brand of social observation, honed in family drama Animal People and dystopian pre-#MeToo tale The Natural Way of Things, is in evidence here-spare and unrelenting. But it also allows us to acknowledge exactly why we tolerate such tensions: it means we are there with, and for, each other., VOGUE (The 22 Best Books to Read This Summer)

A darkly funny, truthful novel about three septuagenarians... There is endless pleasure to be found in the candour and compassion Wood brings to bear on femininity and female friendship. -- Claire Allfree, METRO

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Three women in their 70s - bruised by life, discarded by society, bursting with anger - reunite for one last, life-changing weekend.