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Mrs S


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The thrilling debut novel of the summer from the Granta Best Young British Novelist

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K Patrick is a writer based in Scotland. In 2023, they were named an Observer Best Debut Novelist and were selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. They were runner up for the Ivan Juritz Prize and the Laura Kinsella Fellowship and were shortlisted for The White Review Short Story Prize. Their poetry has appeared in Poetry Review and Five Dials, and was shortlisted for The White Review Poet’s Prize in 2021. Mrs S is their debut novel.


‘The intense physicality of the novel’s emotions and its stylish, stripped-back prose make for an arresting pairing’ Observer ‘Atmospheric and daring’ Guardian ‘There’s nothing else like it out there’ The Times ‘Bold and beautiful… Desire crackles through these pages like fire’ Telegraph ‘Entirely captivating… Patrick’s staccato sentences… [become] a secondary language for butchness, powerful and confident’ New York Times ‘[A] subtle, scintillating novel’ TLS ‘Brilliant and sexy… It should be on everyone’s summer reading list’ iNews ‘A highly charged tale of desire and obsession’ Marie Claire ‘A tense, often funny tale of lust and longing… A moving yet non-maudlin reflection on the complexity of gender’ Literary Review ‘Embraces and then toys with our expectation of the lesbian romance… Spare and direct’ London Review of Books ‘Bold, uncompromising… Remarkable’ Daily Express 'So seductively and intelligently observed that its pulse continues long after the final page’ Sarah Winman, author of Still Life ‘A languorous slow-burn and a moving reflection on queerness and what it is to be and be seen’ Julia Armfield, author of Our Wives Under the Sea ‘Moody, generous and brilliant’ Jessie Burton, author of The House of Fortune ‘Tense, taut and exhilarating’ Monica Heisey, author of Really Good, Actually ‘Crisp and beautiful’ Amy Key, author of Arrangements in Blue ‘Hot!’ Joanna Walsh, author of Vertigo ‘Astonishing’ Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl ‘Beautifully crafted and uncannily accomplished’ Rupert Thomson, author of Never Anyone but You ‘Taut with anticipation’ Lillian Fishman, author of Acts of Service ‘Wildly sexy, brave, and so gripping I kept forgetting to exhale; Mrs S is an erotic classic through a bold modern lens’ Charlotte Mendelson, author of Wife

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