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Blue Ticket

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
"[Mackintosh's] writing is clear and sharp, with piercing moments of wisdom and insight that drive toward a pitch-perfect ending...Blue Ticket adds something new to the dystopian tradition set by Orwell’s 1984 or Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.--New York Times Book Review

From the author of the Man Booker Prize longlisted novel The Water Cure ("ingenious and incendiary"--The New Yorker) comes another mesmerizing, refracted vision of our society: What if the life you're given is the wrong one?


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 marriage and children. A blue ticket grants you a career and 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?
 
When Calla, a blue ticket woman, begins to question her fate, she must go on the run. But her survival will be dependent on the very qualities the lottery has taught her to question in herself and on the other women the system has pitted against her. Pregnant and desperate, Calla must contend with whether or not the lottery knows her better than she knows herself and what that might mean for her child.

An urgent inquiry into free will, social expectation, and the fraught space of motherhood, Blue Ticket is electrifying in its raw evocation of desire and riveting in its undeniable familiarity.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"This book left me breathless – it is gloriously subversive in its exploration of motherhood and desire. I'll be pressing it on everyone." - Angela Chadwick

"The cool intensity and strange beauty of Blue Ticket is a wonder - be sure to read everything Sophie Mackintosh writes." - Deborah Levy

"Strange and luminous, beautifully spare and precise: Sophie Mackintosh constructs her disturbing premise with such skill that I found myself forgetting that the world of Blue Ticket is not (quite) our own. A thrilling and nuanced exploration of what it means to follow one’s own longing to the point of destruction and beyond." - Rosie Price

"Blue Ticket manages to be both claustrophobic and expansive, dream-like and heart-stoppingly tense. Lushly textured and stunningly written, you will want to languish in its world for a very long time." - Lara Williams


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Hardback Editions

August 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Blue Ticket
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
ISBN: 0-241-40445-2 / 978-0-241-40445-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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June 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Blue Ticket: A Novel
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
ISBN: 0-385-54563-0 / 978-0-385-54563-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

July 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Blue Ticket: A Novel
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
ISBN: 0-593-21480-3 / 978-0-593-21480-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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June 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Blue Ticket
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
ISBN: 0-7352-3916-9 / 978-0-7352-3916-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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May 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Blue Ticket
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
ISBN: 0-241-40446-0 / 978-0-241-40446-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Audio Editions

June 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Blue Ticket: A Novel
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Blue Ticket: A Novel
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Random House Audio
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May 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Blue Ticket
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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May 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Blue Ticket
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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May 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Blue Ticket
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2020 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Blue Ticket: A Novel
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Doubleday
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June 2020 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Blue Ticket: A Novel
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Blue Ticket
Author(s): Sophie Mackintosh
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU