Reviews

  • "Seethingly assured ... odd and muscular enough to resist easy interpretation. It can be read on many levels – as a fable about female yearning, or about containment and contagion; as an investigation into toxic relationships or a puzzle over the borders between human and non-human – but it is always singularly and entirely itself"

    GUARDIAN
  • "Enthralling . . . Lyrical, dark and detailed, the story twists like a root, bent in one way by desire, in another by fate."

    Daily Mail
  • "Impressive . . . Rainsford is a writer to watch."

    Metro
  • "Rainsford writes beautifully with a lyrical, earthy prose which is evocative and eviscerating yet mesmerising. She gives Ada a unique voice which fills and haunts the narrative. One of the strangest books I've read in a long time, it is utterly compelling and will linger, uninvited, in your consciousness long after you've turned the last page."

    Irish Independent
  • "Equal parts beauty and horror, and unlike anything you will read this year"

    TÉA OBREHT
  • "Fierce, palpable, hynoptic. A dazzling, troubling dream"

    COLIN BARRETT
  • "Rainsford's fairy and folktale sensibility blends seamlessly with horror . . . 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
  • "A wildly imaginative exploration of desire, fear and what it means to be a person . . . Beautiful and terrifying"

    Sunday Times
  • "A quite unclassifiable creation, accomplished if unpinnable. There are many genres dipping their toes into this little plot: magical realism, practical gardening, myths and mythology, folk tales, sex for beginners, alternative medicine – with a soupçon of horror to stupefy the reader. Fairy tale comes closest perhaps, but not as many would know it"

    Desmond Elliot Prize
  • "Quite extraodinary. Dense, subtle and beautiful. I want to start reading it all over again"

    ANNE YOUNGSON, author of Costa-shortlisted MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM