Claire-Louise Bennett

Checkout 19
  • Checkout 19


  • *A 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK IN THE GUARDIAN, DAILY MAIL, DAILY TELEGRAPH, IRISH TIMES CULTURE AND NEW STATESMAN*

    'Yet I couldn't quite discard the idea that somewhere in the story there might have been a sentence, just one sentence, of such transcendent brilliance it could have blown the world away. And that idea burned in me, on and on.'

    With fierce imagination, a woman revisits the moments that shaped her life, and what follows is a mesmerising, adventurous, and at times devastating story of art, love, fantasy and experience.

    Checkout 19 is a novel of immense power. It shows how we struggle to define the events in our lives, even as they go on defining us. The complexities of personal freedom surge and spark within its pages, and reinvent what the novel can do.

Claire-Louise Bennett grew up in Wiltshire and studied literature and drama at the University of Roehampton, before moving to Ireland where she worked in and studied theatre for several years. In 2013 she was awarded the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize and her debut book, Pond, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2016. Claire-Louise's fiction and essays have appeared in a number of publications including White Review, Stinging Fly, gorse, Harper's Magazine, Vogue Italia, Music & Literature, and New York Times Magazine.

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