Wilful Disregard

A Novel About Love

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3.71 based on 155 ratings & 29 reviews on Goodreads.com

Publication date: 04.06.2015
ISBN: 9781447268956
Number of pages: 0


'Gripped me like an airport read . . . perfect.' Lena Dunham

'Lena Andersson's Wilful Disregard is a story of the heart written with bracing intellectual rigor. It is a stunner, pure and simple.' Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

Winner of the August Prize 2013

On the day that Ester Nilsson, a poet and a sensible person in a sensible relationship, meets renowned artist Hugo Rask, her rational world begins to unravel. Leaving her boyfriend and her past behind, Ester embarks on what is sure to be the greatest love story of her life.

It's a shame no one else agrees.

In the media

A compelling read, a deeply philosophical book that attempts to make sense of love in the modern world
Irish Examiner
Lean and compulsively readable . . . Andersson's sketching of the lovesick Ester and the preoccupied Hugo is so well done that every incensed text she sends him is another little piece of our collective heart as we follow a struggle that has existed for as long as human life: the lover and the loved.
'Andersson’s novel is refreshing for its willingness to look at sexual fixation with a woman’s gaze. I read Wilful Disregard full of both agonised secondhand embarrassment and admiration for Andersson’s crisp prose. Ester is maddening, lovable . . . and recognisable to anyone who’s ever had a day ruined by an unanswered text message.