BRITISH VOGUE 'STAR OF THE FUTURE'
INDEPENDENT BEST BOOKS OF THE DECADE
'A gripping, sinister fable' Margaret Atwood (via Twitter)
'An extraordinary debut - otherworldly, luminous, precise' Guardian
'Bold, inventive, haunting... With shades of Margaret Atwood and Eimear McBride, you'll be bowled over by it' Stylist
Grace, Lia and Sky live in an abandoned hotel, on a sun-bleached island, beside a poisoned sea. Their parents raised them there to keep them safe, to make them good. The world beyond the water is contaminated and men are the contamination. But one day three strangers wash ashore - men who stare at the sisters hungrily, helplessly. Men who bring trouble.
This ebook edition includes an exclusive extract from Sophie Mackintosh's gripping second novel, Blue Ticket, which is out now.
'A feminist fable set by the sea, a female Lord of the Flies. It felt like a book I'd been waiting to read for a long time' Emma Jane Unsworth
'Visceral, hypnotic, with one of my favourite endings I've read in a long while' The Pool
'An unsettling dark fantasy... [It] lingers long after the final page' Daily Telegraph
Compulsive, eerily gorgeous, [it] will have you gripped until the end... A film adaptation feels inevitable... As far as debuts go, this is superb
A feminist dystopian fairy tale, a sexual coming-of-age story and a survival-of-the-fittest tale. Evocative, suspenseful and bleak - in short, everything this age seems to be demanding
[An] eerie, uncanny literary debut... Beautifully written, pared down and hypnotic
Bewitching... [An] ambiguous utopia
In raw, visceral prose, Mackintosh probes at ideas of the threat of male violence, the ways women are told to protect ourselves, love and sisterhood and survival. A hypnotic, stormy book, with one of my favourite endings I've read in a long while
Stunning... A haunting story of abuse, death, and desire... Chilling and topical, a breathtaking debut
Eerily beautiful, this strange, unsettling novel creeps up and grabs hold of you
Darkly gratifying, dreamy, primal, and arresting [as] a fairy tale... The overgrown grounds, with their perimeter of rusty barbed wire and shark-infested waters, resemble Sleeping Beauty's castle
Searing, richly drawn, eerily compelling... As foreboding in what it holds back as in what it reveals
Elemental... [A] utopia portrayed in spectral, organic prose... Mackintosh is a wonderful stylist; the full scope of her imagination, as well as the cohesion of her vision, is evident on every page... A seriously impressive feat
Whether you’re curious about the hyped TV mystery or still not over that ending, we’ve got a reading list ripe in '90s nostalgia, teenage drama and mystery.
From joyful illustrated classics to vital essay collections, these are the books our team of editors can't wait to put under the tree this year.