novelist and critic, was born in Canada, and read English at New College, Oxford. Saving Agnes (1993, Whitbread First Novel Award), is an eloquent and witty account of the frustrations and disappointments of an insecure Oxford‐educated young woman, and her efforts towards salvation. Widely acclaimed as an original prose stylist and perceptive interpreter of domestic life, her subsequent novels include The Temporary (1995); The Country Life (1997), a bizarre comic novel about a woman who leaves London to become an au pair in the country; and The Lucky Ones (2003). In the Fold (2005) and Arlington Park (2006) are concerned with the dubious morality of the English middle class. In 2003, Granta named Cusk among the Best of Young British Novelists. A Life's Work (2001) is an unsentimental, often bleak memoir about becoming a mother.