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An Unremarkable Body

A stunning literary debut with a twist

By Elisa Lodato

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An unremarkable body does not mean an unremarkable life

'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.

Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9781474606363
  • Publication date: 14 Dec 2017
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An intriguing tale of love, loss and missed opportunities . . . although infused with sadness, it is written with verve and delivers an amazing twist — Deirdre O'Brien, SUNDAY MIRROR
Tender and moving, this part-thriller, part-memoir will leave you floored — EMERALD STREET
A haunting debut about grief, loss and motherhood - and a woman's identity beyond that role — THE POOL
This novel pulls you in and will have you racing to reach the end — GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
A sensitive examination of a life frustrated by mores and circumstance — DAILY MAIL
An elegant, haunting book with a flawed narrator, troubled relationships, and a mystery at the heart . . . Lodato's writing is spare, confident and affecting. A compelling read — Joanna Barnard, author of PRECOCIOUS and HUSH LITTLE BABY
An incredibly moving story of maternal love, sacrifice, and how little we know about those closest to us. This beautifully-written novel had me gripped until the last page — Chloë Mayer, author of THE BOY MADE OF SNOW
An Unremarkable Body is infused with sadness but avoids being morbid or cloying. It is written with verve, pace and sensitivity. A fabulous debut that also delivers an amazing twist as a final flourish — THE PEOPLE
An Unremarkable Body is a well-crafted story of grief and loss. Beautiful, sensitive, and poignant — Clarissa Goenawan, author of RAINBIRDS
An uplifting story — GRAZIA
Pleasingly distinct . . . the structuring of the chapters by means of an introductory extract from the autopsy report is a rather ingenious one . . . . this organizational quirkiness sets Lodato's work apart from the start . . . a novel that shows notable promise . . . . I'm already intrigued to see what Lodato writes next — INDEPENDENT
A beautifully told tale of love and loss, which ever so gently reaffirms that no life is indeed unremarkable . . . Lodato probes the secrets that are scattered through one character's life and draws us into her world . . . absorbing and compelling . . . startlingly bittersweet . . . I couldn't stop reading and now I'm done I wish I could read it all over again — Ronnie Turner, book blogger
AN UNREMARKABLE BODY is clever, evocative and sensitively written. There's so much to love about this book. These characters will creep into your thoughts — Polly Courtney, author of FERAL YOUTH
Lodato's skill is that of Katharine's pathologist; precise, delicate and thorough. A tender dissection of brutal truths — Dexter Petley, author of WHITE LIES
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