The Things We Thought We Knew

The Things We Thought We Knew


Ten years ago, two girls’ lives changed forever.
Now one of them is ready to tell their story.


'A quirky lovable mystery and a brilliant, heartbreaking debut' Stylist
'A new face of fiction [and] an original coming of age novel' Observer


The first memory I have of you is all knickers and legs. You had flipped yourself into a handstand and couldn’t get back down. We became best friends, racing slugs, pretending to be spies – all the things that children do.

Ten years later, eighteen-year-old Ravine Roy spends every day in her room. Completing crosswords and scribbling in her journal, she keeps the outside world exactly where she wants it; outside.

But as the real world begins to invade her carefully controlled space, she is forced to finally confront the questions she’s been avoiding. Who is her mother meeting in secret? Who has moved in next door?

And why, all those years ago, when two girls pulled on their raincoats and wellies and headed out into the woods did only one of them return?

‘A breakout book from an incredibly talented debut writer. Read, weep and laughStylist

‘An original heartfelt read by a new British talent’ Independent

‘A delightfully fresh voice’ Daily Mail


  • An original and affecting coming-of-age novel ... Snaith's clear-eyed depiction of estate life at the turn of the millennium resists cliches
    The Observer

About the author

Mahsuda Snaith

Mahsuda Snaith is the winner of the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2014, Bristol Short Story Prize 2014 and was an Observer New Face of Fiction in 2017. She lives in Leicester where she teaches creative writing and tries to find time to read.
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