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Study for Obedience: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2023

by Sarah Bernstein

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Published 6th July 2023
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in Bath

in Edinburgh

in Ely

in St Andrews


SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2023 WINNER OF THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE 2023 NAMED AS ONE OF GRANTA MAGAZINE’S BEST OF YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS 2023 A powerful, compressed masterwork for fans of Shirley Jackson and Claire-Louise Bennett A woman moves from the place of her birth to a remote northern country to be housekeeper to her brother, whose wife has just left him. The youngest child of many siblings - more than she cares to remember - from earliest childhood she has attended to their every desire, smoothed away the slightest discomfort with perfect obedience, with the highest degree of devotion. The country, it transpires, is the country of their family’s ancestors, an obscure though reviled people. Soon after she arrives, a series of unfortunate events occurs - collective bovine hysteria; the demise of a ewe and her nearly-born lamb; a local dog’s phantom pregnancy; the containment of domestic fowl; a potato blight. She notices that the local suspicion about incomers in general seems to be directed particularly in her case. What is clear is that she is being accused of wrongdoing, but in a language she cannot understand and so cannot address. And however diligently and silently she toils in service of the community, still she feels their hostility growing, pressing at the edges of her brother’s property…


Study for Obedience: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2023
by Sarah Bernstein


Granta Books


Publication date
July 6, 2023

19.8cm x 12.9cm x 1.4cm