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Prospect recommends: The Birth of Love

By Tom Chatfield  

Joanna Kavenna's new novel explores the slippery business of birth


Joanna Kavenna's new novel explores the slippery business of birth

The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna (Faber and Faber, £12.99)

Once upon a time, love in novels tended decorously to resolve into marriage. We’ve long since become used to its gleeful anatomising as sex and lust; but Joanna Kavenna’s new novel takes readers into terrain that is still relatively virgin—the visceral, slippery business of birth, and its human intimacies. Kavenna won the Orange new writers award in 2008 for her debut novel, Inglorious, which traced the existential…

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