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  • Published: 13 April 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787333109
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $37.00

The Hard Crowd

Essays 2000-2020




From the Booker-shortlisted author, a wild ride of an essay collection about living fast and free in a crowded world, with all the brilliance of THE FLAMETHROWERS and THE MARS ROOM

From the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Mars Room, a wildly original first essay collection about living fast and free in a crowded worldIn her twenties Rachel Kushner went to Mexico in pursuit of her first love – motorbikes – to compete in the notorious and deadly race, Cabo 1000. As fellow racers died on the roadside, bikes were stolen and friends abandoned one another in the heat of the chase, she crashed at 80mph and miraculously survived; soon after, she decided to leave her controlling boyfriend and manoeuvred her way into a freer new life.

The Hard Crowd is a white-knuckle ride through that life; a book about muscling your way through, finding your own path and, as she says in the hair-raising opening essay, ‘completing the ride without dying’. Charged with hot-blooded humanity – with anger against the world's cruelties, and a free-wheeling passion for rare people, machines, movies, music, art and writing – it is an electrifying work about a woman's determination to reach the finish line.

  • Published: 13 April 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787333109
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $37.00

About the author

Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner is the author of The Mars Room, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Her previous novels, Telex from Cuba and The Flamethrowers, were both New York Times bestsellers and finalists for the National Book Award. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s and the Paris Review. She lives in Los Angeles.

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