Kate Venables

Kate is a doctor. She grew up writing scraps of journals and poetry and started writing regularly five years ago. Her work appears in various magazines and anthologies, such as Envoi, Lighthouse, Brittle Star, Ink Sweat & Tears, and Flash. Lifelines is Kate’s first novel, started on a Faber Academy course and finished at Bath Spa. It draws on her medical background and is written as a patchwork of voices and incidents taking place over fifty years.

In Lifelines, the two main protagonists, doctors Nick and Jane, married young but, when the novel opens, are long-divorced. Nick’s mother dies and this throws Nick off-kilter. His complicated misogynies and dependence on women conspire to threaten both his professional life and his marriage. He turns again to Jane, with unexpected consequences for both.

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