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Sophie Mackintosh

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Sophie Mackintosh was born in South Wales in 1988, and is currently based in London. Her fiction and poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Granta Magazine, The White Review and TANK Magazine, amongst others. Her short story ‘Grace’ is the winner of the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize, and her story ‘The Running Ones’ won the Virago/Stylist Short Story competition in 2016.

Genres: Science Fiction, Literary Fiction
New Books
March 2023

Cursed Bread
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2018) : The Water Cure
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel nominee (2019) : The Water Cure

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"My heart broke a little bit for Lani and Leon by the end. He Is Mine and I Have No Other vividly calls up the atmosphere of small-town life, I could positively feel the damp mistiness of it on my skin. Eerie, tender and wonderful."
The Glass Woman (2019)
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"A perfect, gripping winter read. I loved it."
The Doll Factory (2019)
Elizabeth Macneal
"A stunning novel that twines together power, art, and obsession. At every turn expectations are confounded - it’s a historical novel and yet feels incredibly relevant and timely. I loved its warmth, it’s wry humour, and the way each small thread leads into an unbearably tense and chilling denouement that had me totally gripped."
Starling Days (2019)
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
"A quiet triumph—tenderly and disarmingly exploring the responsibility of love, loneliness, what it is to feel lost."
Pine (2020)
Francine Toon
"From the first page PINE casts a sense of slowly-rising unease that is completely compelling. It's both eerie and thrilling at once, and had me under its spell until the end."
little scratch (2020)
Rebecca Watson
"I was immediately enveloped in the staccato of little scratch, which spun between wry, funny and heartbreaking. It captures beautifully a rhythm not just of trauma, but also of the small, defiant, everyday happinesses that push through and against it."
Assembly (2021)
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"Assembly is an astonishing work. Formally innovative, as beautiful as it is coolly devastating, urgent and utterly precise on what it means to be alive now."
Strangers I Know (2022)
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"Claudia Durastanti's writing is lyrical and sharp, underpinned with a searching gaze that turns the everyday into something darkly beautiful. Every page feels totally, absorbingly, alive."
Wivenhoe (2022)
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"Elegant and searching."
Hourglass (2022)
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"A stunning reimagining of the love story ... every word shines new and true."
there are more things (2022)
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"there are more things is a vivid and expansive novel of sisterhood, love and connection. Reading it is a true experience of joy, and of hope."
Owlish (2023)
Dorothy Tse
"Beguilingly eerie, richly textured, the pages of Owlish are drenched in strange beauty and menace. Like all the best fairy tales, it reveals the dark truths that we would rather not look at directly, and does so with a surreal and singular clarity."

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