Sue Rainsford

Follow Me To Ground
  • Follow Me To Ground

  • 'Equal parts beauty and horror, and unlike anything you will read this year’ TEA OBREHT

    'Beautiful and terrifying' SUNDAY TIMES

    'Seethingly assured debut fuses magical realism with critical and feminist theory' GUARDIAN

    In house in a wood, Ada and her father live peacefully, tending to their garden and the wildlife in it. They are not human though. Ada was made by her father from the Ground, a unique patch of earth with birthing and healing properties. Though perhaps he didn’t get her quite right. They spend their days healing the local human folk – named Cures - who visit them, suspiciously, with their ailments.

    When Ada embarks on a relationship with a local Cure named Samson, and is forced to choose between her old life with her father, and a new one with her human lover. Her decision will uproot the town – and the Ground itself – for ever.

    A poised and simmering tour-de-force, FOLLOW ME TO GROUND is a sinister vision of desire and freewill, voiced in earthy prose and eviscerating detail by an astoundingly original new writer.

    'Fierce, palpable, hynoptic. A dazzling, troubling dream' COLIN BARRETT

    'A writer to watch' METRO

    'An astonishing debut heralding the career of an exciting new writer. Strange, lyrical, and arresting, this novel will draw readers into its extraordinary spell.' KIRKUS starred review

    LONGLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOT PRIZE 2019

SUE RAINSFORD studied History of Art at Trinity College, Dublin, and works as an arts writer. While studying Visual Arts she read Simone de Beauvoir and became fascinated by the poetic, metaphorical language around the female experience. From here emerged the book's hints of magic realism and other unique imagery. Sue Rainsford lives in Dublin. Follow Me to Ground is her first novel. Her second, Redder Days, is due to be published by Doubleday in 2020.