Blue Ticket
  • Blue Ticket


    'A gripping, sinister fable' - Margaret Atwood on The Water Cure

    Discover this chilling new novel about motherhood and personhood, free will and fate, human longing and animal instinct

    Calla knows how the lottery works. Everyone does. On the day of your first bleed, you report to the station to learn what kind of woman you will be. A white ticket grants you children. A blue ticket grants you freedom. You are relieved of the terrible burden of choice. And, once you've taken your ticket, there is no going back.

    But what if the life you're given is the wrong one?

    Blue Ticket is a devastating enquiry into free will and the fraught space of motherhood. Bold and chilling, it pushes beneath the skin of female identity and patriarchal violence, to the point where human longing meets our animal bodies.

    Praise for The Water Cure:

    'An eerie, uncanny feminist fable' Sunday Times

    'Bold, inventive, haunting. You'll be bowled over by it' Stylist

    'An unsettling dark fantasy . . . It lingers long after the final page' Daily Telegraph

    'Visceral, hypnotic . . . with one of my favourite endings I've read in a long while' The Pool

    'Darkly gratifying, primal and arresting' New Yorker

RELEASED 07/05/2020

Sophie Mackintosh is the author of The Water Cure, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018. She also won the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize and the 2016 Virago/Stylist Short Story competition, and has been published in Granta and TANK magazine among others. Her second novel, Blue Ticket, which will be published by Hamish Hamilton in Spring 2020.