Alice Jolly

Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile
  • Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile

  • ‘I would place it among the classics of this century and the last’ Sally Bayley, author of Girl With Dove

    If you tell a story oft enough
    So it become true

    As the nineteenth century draws towards a close, Mary Ann Sate, an elderly maidservant, sets out to write her truth.

    She writes of the Valleys that she loves, of the poisonous rivalry between her employer's two sons and of a terrible choice which tore her world apart.

    Her haunting and poignant story brings to life a period of strife and rapid social change, and evokes the struggles of those who lived in poverty and have been forgotten by history.

    In this fictional found memoir, novelist Alice Jolly uses the astonishing voice of Mary Ann to recreate history as seen from a woman's perspective and to give joyful, poetic voice to the silenced women of the past.

Alice Jolly is a novelist and playwright. Her memoir Dead Babies and Seaside Towns (Unbound, 2015) won the PEN Ackerley Prize 2016. Her two earlier novels, What the Eye Doesn’t See and If Only You Knew, are both published by Simon and Schuster. Her articles have been published in the Guardian, Mail on Sunday and the Independent, and she has broadcast for Radio 4. She lives in Stroud.

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