It looks like just another week ahead. Then out of the blue Ramble's husband ends their marriage over lunch and disappears. With no rent money and her world in shreds, she is forced to reconsider everything she's ever been taught by her screwy relatives, unreliable friends and wayward criminal connections. Should she hide in life's slipstream, or has the moment come to break free? "When to Walk" is an astonishing debut, lit up with hope and unexpected laughter.
"By far the best novel I've read this year. Rebecca is a genius." SCARLETT THOMAS "Clever, comical and unpredictable, When to Walk took me inside the mind of a woman half-way between stupor and crack-up, a mind in an odd equilibrium, half appalled and half wonderstruck by existence. I love the way the narrator thinks. She's clever, obtuse, pliant, stubborn, solemn, funny, easy-going, angry; a teasing creation." TIM PEARS"
REBECCA GOWERS's previous work was a non-fiction book about Victorian criminals, The Swamp of Death, published by Hamish Hamilton.