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Literary debut by a young Irish star-in-the-making- 'Fierce, palpable, hypnotic. A dazzling troubling dream' COLIN BARRETT

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SUE RAINSFORD studied History of Art at Trinity College, Dublin, and works as an arts writer. While studying Visual Arts she read Simone de Beauvoir and became fascinated by the poetic, metaphorical language around the female experience. From here emerged the book's hints of magic realism and other unique imagery. Sue Rainsford lives in Dublin. Follow Me to Ground is her first novel. Her second, Redder Days, is due to be published by Doubleday in 2020.


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 * TEA 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 soupcon 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 *

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