Everyone Is Still Alive

The funny and moving fiction debut from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Last Act of Love

Cathy Rentzenbrink author


Publisher:Orion Publishing Co

Published:12th May '22


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Everyone Is Still Alive cover


'I can't stop thinking about it' Elizabeth Day

'A total triumph' Nina Stibbe
'Beautiful, moving and so funny and well-observed' Philippa Perry

When Juliet moves into her late mother's house, making friends with the neighbouring families is the last thing on her mind. Grief and guilt are weighing her down, and working motherhood is a juggle. But for her husband Liam, the morning coffees and after-school gatherings soon reveal the secret struggles, fears and rivalries playing out behind closed doors - all of which are perfect inspiration for his new novel . . .

When the rupture of a marriage sends ripples through the group, painful home truths are brought to light. And then, one sun-drenched afternoon, life overturns in an instant and nothing on Magnolia Road will ever be the same again.

The fiction debut from Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink, Everyone Is Still Alive is funny and moving, intimate and wise; a novel that explores the deeper realities of marriage and parenthood and the way life thwarts our expectations at every turn.

A total triumph: compelling, compassionate, insightful, funny and moving * Nina Stibbe *
Incredibly tender and astonishingly insightful. I cared so deeply for the characters and read in genuine awe. An utter gem * Marian Keyes *
Touching, tender and profound in its warmth and stillness - a novel that explores family, friendship, grief and love in true, tactile detail. Beautiful and very real * Daisy Buchanan *
A novel of radical empathy and kindness, written with poignancy, wit and immaculate observation. There is something wholeheartedly decent and human about Rentzenbrink's writing, which has a lingering, gentle power. I can't stop thinking about it * Elizabeth Day *
Sharply observed and utterly compelling, Everyone Is Still Alive had me cackling on one page and crying the next; Cathy Rentzenbrink's warmth and wisdom are evident in every line * Paula Hawkins *
Unputdownable - brilliant, beautiful, moving and so funny and well-observed. If you want to know what Happily Ever After looks like, read this * Philippa Perry *
A soothing, tender story with loveable characters who pull you in from the very first pages. In a world of chaos, reading this novel was a reminder to slow down, zoom in and look around * Emma Gannon *
An anti-romantic comedy of Lego and disenchantment, shot through with clear-eyed compassion . . . I devoured it * Patrick Gale *
I love this book. Funny, wise and clever and full of honesty and kindness. It's a page-turner that makes you look at yourself and your relationships anew. A unique and generous novel about love, loss and friendship * Kit de Waal, author of My Name Is Leon *
A wonderful novel . . . I loved it. Gorgeous and tender, fabulous at capturing time, place and atmosphere. An utter treat * Kate Mosse *
Such a beautiful, delicate book * Jenny Colgan *
Everyone Is Still Alive is a novel filled with quiet compassion about quotidian lives. Cathy writes with incredible insight about marriage, friendship and parenthood, in a book replete with hope. I absolutely loved it * Hannah Beckerman *
Very funny but also sharp and poignant . . . I thoroughly enjoyed it * Adele Geras *
A beautifully written and exquisitely rendered novel about family and the anxiety of the modern world. Like life, it's both heartbreakingly sad and terribly funny. I devoured it * Wyl Menmuir, author of The Many *
Readers will know Rentzenbrink from her moving memoirs The Last Act of Love and A Manual For Heartache. This is her first novel and it sounds equally poignant, warm and wise * Good Housekeeping, Books We're Most Looking Forward To in 2021 *
Kind and real, funny and touching. I raced through it * Bookbrunch *
Every generation needs its own novels examining how marriage, children, dreams and ambitions can coexist. This one does it beautifully, with warmth, truth, humour and love -- Louisa Young
...the characters are sharply drawn and the author has a knack for wry phrases... if you like Motherland, you'll love this funny, tender book. * The Sunday Times *
One of the most honest, poignant and well-observed books about family life we've ever read... full of wisdom, you'll be clutching your heart for a long time. * Woman & Home, Book of the Month *
One of the most honest, poignant and well-observed books about family life. Rentzenbrink takes you by the hand and reassures you, you're not alone . . . Full of wisdom * Woman *
An eloquent, moving, warm and witty exploration of modern life, with the focus on friendship and family it's just gorgeous * Lovereading *
We recognise that this is a book about going to new places and the fear of new people, but also about the comfort of community, the way that even a place like Magnolia Road can be a source of the kind of friendship and support that gets you through even the darkest times * Observer *
A compassionate and insightful look at relationships and friendships in a wonderfully well-observed novel that is tender, sharp and, at times, very funny * Sunday Express *
Told with a gentle touch, this is an honest and emotional look at marriage and parenthood * Sun on Sunday, Fabulous *
Warm-hearted and perceptive * The Times *
One for fans of the TV show Motherland, this is a touching drama about the minutiae of family life set on a street in west London. An impressive debut from an accomplished memoirist * The i, 40 Best Books for Summer *
Brilliantly caustic * Alex Preston, Guardian *

ISBN: 9781474621144

Dimensions: 196mm x 128mm x 28mm

Weight: 280g

304 pages