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  • Published: 3 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784743970
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $37.00

An Experiment in Leisure




Stuck in her mouldy north London flat, but fleeing back home to Leeds from time to time, Grace is spinning her wheels; she’s disenchanted, lost and confused in the face of never-ending crises of identity, sexuality, class and geography. Leaving her family and all that she knows to start a new life in the city is more painful than she’d anticipated, and she can’t seem to get a handle on anything, to stop the drift.

An Experiment in Leisure is an exciting debut novel that explores, with wit and piercing insight, some of the most vital issues pulsing through Britain today: the ugly reality of working life and ‘getting by’, the inescapable gravitational pull of London and the emotional costs of social mobility. Glendenning’s is a bold and unforgettable voice, perfectly capturing her narrator’s fractured experience. A nuanced and original novel, it’s bursting with moments of poignancy and a tender portrait of youth.

  • Published: 3 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784743970
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $37.00

About the author

Anna Glendenning

Anna Glendenning was born and raised in Leeds. She has a BA in English from the University of Cambridge, an MA in Eighteenth-century Literature and Culture from Queen Mary, University of London, and currently works as a researcher and writer at Kew Gardens. She was formerly an editor with And Other Stories, where books under her wing made this year’s Man Booker International and Goldsmiths shortlists. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the White Review Short Story Prize. She is twenty-eight and lives in South East London.

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