The Female of the Species

  • by Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by Paul Birchard, Lionel Shriver - author's note
  • 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin is a compelling and provocative story of love and how we suffer for it.
Still unattached and childless at 59, world-renowned anthropologist Gray Kaiser is seemingly invincible - and untouchable. Returning to make a documentary at the site of her first great triumph in Kenya, she is accompanied by her faithful middle-aged assistant, Errol McEchern, who has loved her for years in silence. When young graduate assistant Raphael Sarasola arrives on the scene, Gray is captivated and falls hopelessly in love - before an amazed Errol's eyes. As he follows their affair with jealous fascination, Errol watches helplessly from the sidelines as a proud and fierce woman is reduced to miserable dependence.


What the Critics Say

''Terrific - a provocative tale of devotion, suffering, and other familiar accoutrements of love.'' ( People)
''One of the most magnetically compelling writers working today. Witty, caustic and worldly.'' ( Wall Street Journal)
''A brilliant writer. She has a strong, clear and strangely seductive voice. The characters are moving it will make you want to gasp or cry.'' ( Sunday Times)
''Shriver is an incisive social satirist with a clear grip on the ironies of our contemporary age.'' ( LA Times)


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Customer Reviews

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A rambling emotive story

I thoroughly enjoyed especially after realizing it was a first novel. humorous and ripe with nascent wisdom.
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- Neozoe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2017
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited