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    Fifteen Dogs Andre Alexis Canada
    9781552453056 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:April 01, 2015
    $19.95 CAD 7.49 x 0.82 x 0.6 in | 0.6 lb | 160 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      An utterly convincing and moving look at the beauty and perils of consciousness.

      WINNER OF THE 2015 GILLER PRIZE

      WINNER OF THE 2015 ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST FICTION PRIZE

      FINALIST FOR THE 2015 TORONTO BOOK AWARDS
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      — I wonder, said Hermes, what it would be like if animals had human intelligence.

      —I'll wager a year's servitude, answered Apollo, that animals – any animal you like – would be even more unhappy than humans are, if they were given human intelligence.

      And so it begins: a bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto veterinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferringthe old 'dog' ways, and those who embrace the change. The gods watch from above as the dogs venture into their newly unfamiliar world, as they become divided among themselves, as each struggles with new thoughts and feelings. Wily Benjy moves from home to home, Prince becomes a poet, and Majnoun forges a relationship with a kind couple that stops even the Fates in their tracks.

      André Alexis's contemporary take on the apologue offers an utterly compelling and affecting look at the beauty and perils of human consciousness. By turns meditative and devastating, charming and strange, Fifteen Dogs shows you can teach an old genre new tricks.

      Bio
      Andre Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His most recent novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His other books include Pastoral (nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize), Asylum, Beauty and Sadness, Ingrid & the Wolf, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa and Lambton, Kent and Other Vistas: A Play.
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      Awards
      Giller Prize 2015, Winner
      Toronto Book Awards 2015, Short-listed
      Rogers Writers Trust Award 2015, Winner
      Reviews

      'a wonderfully weird and spare reflection on the nature of dogs and poetry.' - The Times Literary Supplement


      'Over the course of this novel, slim yet epic in scope, Alexis chronicles the fates of these strangely afflicted beasts, shifting from thought experiment to comic parable to something more delicate, laden with detail, discovery and emotional nuance.' — The Globe & Mail


      'a wildly intelligent, philosophical novel.' - Off the Shelf


      'Alexis leaves readers with a glimpse of our better nature.' - World Literature Today


      'A remarkable book. Insightful, wildly original and beautiful. Buy it.' — Mark Medley, Books Editor at The Globe & Mail


      'a tender and elegant exploration of the perpetual problem of human consciousness.' - The National Post


      'In Fifteen Dogs – André Alexis’ powerful apologue – questions of knowledge and happiness, fidelity and fate are grounded in the real-world adventures of a group of dogs. Here is a beautifully written allegory for our times: one in which man’s best friend shows us the benefits of higher consciousness – the favoured bone of fact buried where we might all find it. Fifteen Dogs is an original and vital work writtenby a master craftsman: philosophy given a perfect form.' - The 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize jury citation


      'fearless ... wildly uninhibited and yet tightly controlled.' - Winnipeg Review


      'A novel about a pack of talking dogs, you say? The very idea will most likely breed thoughts of insufferable whimsy, like those paintings of mutts playing poker, or of more or less effective satire, in the vein of Animal Farm. It’s a grand thing, then, that this spry novel by Canadian André Alexis spends its 160 pages repeatedly defying expectations ... I’m far from being a dog person, but as a book person I loved this smart, exuberant fantasy from start to finish.'
      - Jonathan Gibbs, The Guardian


      '[Alexis] devises an inventive romp through the nature of humanity in this beautiful, entertaining read … A clever exploration of our essence, communication, and how our societies are organized.'

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      'What does it mean to be alive? To think, to feel, to love and to envy? André Alexis explores all of this and more in the extraordinary Fifteen Dogs, an insightful and philosophical meditation on the nature of consciousness. It’s a novel filled with balancing acts: humour juxtaposed with savagery, solitude with the desperate need to be part of a pack, perceptive prose interspersed with playful poetry. A wonderful and original piece of writing that challenges the reader to examine their own existence and recall the age old question, what’s the meaning of life?' - The 2015 Giller jury citation


      'Alexis manages to encapsulate an astonishing range of metaphysical questions in a simple tale about dogs that came to know too much. The result is a delightful juxtaposition of the human and canine conditions, and a narrative that, like just one of the dogs, delights in the twists and turns of the gods' linguistic gift.'

      Publishers Weekly (starred review)


      'Fifteen Dogs is an original and vital work written by a master craftsman: philosophy given a perfect form.'

      —from the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize jury citation

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    9781771960427 Paperback FICTION / General Publication Date:September 29, 2015
    $19.95 CAD 5.27 x 8.24 x 0.47 in | 240 gr | 300 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Finalist for the 2015 Giller Prize

      Finalist for the 2016 Best Translated Book Award

      Like a Proust-obsessed Cormac McCarthy, Samuel Archibald's portrait of his hometown is filled with innocent children and wild beasts, attempted murder and ritual mutilation, haunted houses and road trips to nowhere, bad men and mysterious women. Gothic, fantastical, and incandescent, filled with stories of everyday wonder and terror, longing and love, Arvida explores the line which separates memory from story, and heralds the arrival of an important new voice.

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      Samuel Archibald's debut collection of short fiction, Arvida (Éditions Le Quartanier, 2011), won Quebec's Prix Des Libraries 2012 and Prix Coup de Coeur Renaud-Bray 2012. He currently teaches contemporary popular culture at the University of Quebec in Montreal, where he lectures on genre fiction, horror movies, and video games, among other subjects.
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      Praise for Arvida

      "Stephen King with a Quebecois accent."—National Post

      "Archibald's writing is clean and his imagery strong."Publishers Weekly

      "These are American stories. But another America, a hidden America, maybe even more American than the America we think we know ... These are stories that can only evolve in the imagination, and stories that can do that are a kind of true sustenance."Asymptote

      "The four stories that structure [Arvida] expand beyond the working-class town into a fantasy Arvida with mysterious creatures and ghosts and confront Archibald's sources and power as a storyteller."World Literature Today

      "Arvida is simply fantastic. This is the best book of Canadian short stories I've read since Mavis Gallant."—Nick Mount, The Walrus

      "It's a strange world, even if we do our best to remain blind to its strangeness. Samuel Archibald's stories make this point by way of a tasty mash-up of genres and tropes, from horror cinema to domestic drama to schoolyard mythology. This is fiction that taps a Jungian vein instead of delivering rational 'understanding,' and is all the richer for it."—Andrew Pyper, CBC Books

      "There's a dark, hard presence in the stories ... lurking like an animal in the undergrowth."Montreal Gazette

      "Eerily effective ... Archibald?s interest is in how the past imposes itself on the present, both in the intimate form of family histories and against the larger backdrop of a community that exists slightly out of time ... What?s fascinating is the sense of people haunted by a place instead of the other way around."—Quill & Quire, starred review

      "These short stories operate like a dark mirror reflecting the vicious barbarism hidden beneath the staid surface of quotidian small town life."New York Journal of Books

      "Archibald tells stories from the end of the world with mythic force."—Le Devoir

      "Between fables and myths, true stories and tall tales ? Samuel Archibald?s Arvida updates the chilling stories we used to tell each other around the campfire ? A storyteller is born."—La Presse

      "[In Arvida] the reader navigates between the fantastic and regional folklore, put at the service of exhilarating tales, polished, free-flowing in their structures, and mingled with childhood memories and Gothic storytelling. A truly distinctive voice has appeared ?"—Voir

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    Outline A Novel Rachel Cusk Canada
    9781443447102 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:September 01, 2015
    $19.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.64 in | 8.56 oz | 256 pages Carton Quantity:32 Harper Perennial
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      Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and lucid, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during an oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner. She goes swimming with an elderly Greek bachelor. The people she encounters speak, volubly, about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss. Outline is Rachel Cusk’s finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant and original novels of recent years.

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      Rachel Cusk is the author of the critically acclaimed trilogy of Outline, Transit and Kudos. She has written three memoirs—A Life’s Work, The Last Supper and Aftermath—and several novels: Saving Agnes, winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award; The Temporary; The Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; The Lucky Ones; In the Fold; Arlington Park; and The Bradshaw Variations. Cusk was twice a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. She was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in London.

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      “Beautiful.”
      “Cusk is a master of sparse, exquisite prose. . . . [Outline] successfully conveys all of her admirable honesty in the safe harbour of fiction, and somehow delivers more human truths than most memoirs ever could.”
      “[A] lethally intelligent novel. . . . Spend much time with this novel and you’ll become convinced that [Cusk] is one of the smartest writers alive. ”
      “Mesmerizing.”
      “One of the most daringly original and entertaining pieces of fiction I’ve ever read.”
      “Quietly radical. . . . Ingenious.”
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    Daydreams Of Angels Heather O'Neill Canada
    9781554684519 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date:April 07, 2015
    $22.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.92 in | 12.24 oz | 368 pages Carton Quantity:44 HarperCollins Publishers
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      Heather O'Neill's distinctive style and voice fill these charming, sometimes dark, always beguiling stories.

      From "The Robot Baby," in which we discover what happens when a robot feels emotion for the very first time, to "Heaven," about a grandfather who died for a few minutes when he was nine and visited the pearly gates, to "The Little Wolf-Boy of Northern Quebec," in which untamed children run wild through the streets of Paris, to "Dolls," in which a little girl's forgotten dolls tell their own stories of woe and neglect, we are immersed in utterly unique worlds. Also included in the collection is "The End of Pinky," which has been made into short film by the NFB.

      With this collection, Heather O'Neill showcases her diversity and skill as a writer and draws us in with each page.

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      HEATHER O’NEILL is a novelist, short-story writer and essayist. Her work, which includes Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Daydreams of Angels, has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize in two consecutive years, and has won CBC Canada Reads, the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the Danuta Gleed Award. Born and raised in Montreal, O’Neill lives there today with her daughter.

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      Awards
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      Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
      “The storytelling is inventive, but the writing is as spectacular. . . . These are great stories superbly written by someone sure to be a major star.”
      “[These stories are] united by the now-unmistakable O’Neill stamp: compassionately drawn characters from society’s fringes acting out tales of hardship, resilience and sometimes redemption, all told in deceptively simple prose - nobody, but nobody, does simile quite like O’Neill - that at its best attains the level of music.”
      “Magical and inventive.”
      “Though still a voice for the gritty, lively histories of Montreal’s underbelly, O’Neill finds ample room to grow in a collection that seeks to celebrate the magic and madness of those often relegated to society’s margins.”
      “The writing in Daydreams of Angels is characteristically crisp and playful, but with an undercurrent of cruelty that only amplifies each story’s beating heart.”
      “Daydreams of Angels is proof that Heather O’Neill’s here to stay.”
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    Martin John Anakana Schofield
    9781771960342 Paperback FICTION / General Publication Date:September 15, 2015
    $19.95 CAD 5.3 x 8.2 x 0.8 in | 340 gr | 282 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      Finalist for the 2015 Giller Prize

      Among The National Post’s Top 5 Books of 2015

      Among The Toronto Star’s Top 5 Fiction Books of 2015

      Among Largehearted Boy’s Favourite Novels of 2015

      One of Quill & Quire’s Books of the Year, 2015

      Among The Edmonton Journal’s Top 5 Books of 2015

      A 49th Shelf Book of the Year, 2015

      Among NOW Toronto’s Top 10 Books of 2015

      Martin John’s mam says that she is glad he is done with it. But is Martin John done with it? He says he wants it to stop, his mother wants it to stop, we all want it to stop. But is it really what Martin John wants? He had it in his mind to do it and he did it. Harm was done when he did it. Harm would continue to be done. Who will stop Martin John? Will you stop him? Should she stop him?

      From Anakana Schofield, the brilliant author of the bestselling Malarky, comes a darkly comic novel circuiting through the mind, motivations and preoccupations of a character many women have experienced but few have understood quite so well. The result confirms Schofield as one of the bravest and most innovative authors at work in English today.

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      Anakana Schofield is an Irish-born writer, who won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in 2013 for her debut novel Malarky. Born in England, she lived in London and in Dublin, Ireland until moving to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1999. Malarky was also a shortlisted nominee for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Schofield has also been a literary critic, essayist and broadcaster, contributing to the London Review of Books Blog, The Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, The Guardian, The Irish Times and The Vancouver Sun.
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      Praise for Martin John

      "Deploying some serious literary gumption, Schofield’s frequently hilarious, and distinctly modernist, linguistic games are always gainfully employed in the uneasy, indelicate task of placing her reader nose to nose with the humanity of a sex offender — and a sex offender’s mother."—Eimear McBride, The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

      "[A] frenetic, risk-taking novel ... deliberately cryptic and bleakly funny."The New Yorker

      "It’s hard not to think of Lolita while reading Anakana Schofield?s Martin John ... In the cadenced, hypnotic style of Gertrude Stein, Ms. Schofield renders [Martin John’s] consciousness through a kind of staccato anti-poetry ... The result is a grotesquely memorable character pursued through his mazes of routines and obsessions and rationalizations."Wall Street Journal

      "An important and brilliantly unconventional work."Publishers Weekly, starred review

      "Dazzling ... With its discomfiting portraiture ... brain-puzzle of a storytelling technique, and utter assurance, Martin John easily matches the tremendous promise of Malarky, Schofield’s debut."Maclean’s

      "Funny, distressing, and complicated."The Guardian

      "Martin John is ... a comic tour de force ... Many writers have brazenly wandered into the minefield of mental illness, but few with Schofield?s peculiar decency and candour in not only depicting Martin John?s scheming turmoil, but also the bewildered righteousness of those surrounding him."—Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

      "Brilliant ... While Schofield has digested all of postmodernism’s tics and tricks, her writing is fundamentally empathetic, and the various interventions feel like necessary attempts to render the unspeakable, rather than as flashy mystifications of a straightforward narrative. In its social critique, Martin John has much in common with the brilliant journalism of Ann Brocklehurst and Ed Tubb, but as an avant-garde novelist, Schofield is in a class unto herself."—David B. Hobbs, The Globe and Mail

      "Exhilarating ... The weird and recursive prose makes the language startlingly vivid, and Martin John’s fractured narritiveive perspective is positively adrenal ... Schofield’s ability to get us jacked up from exquisitely written and deeply troubling jokes about a middle-aged public masturbator makes [her] one of the highest-flying and funniest working today."—Emily Keeler, The National Post

      "The novel all your favourite novelists will be reading."—Mark Medley, The Globe and Mail

      "Virtuosic ... [Schofield] has crafted a wholly believable journey into the mind of a deeply warped young man ... An astoundingly focused piece of writing."The Georgia Straight

      "Language aside, innovation aside, what makes this book so compelling is the utterly convincing portrait of its troubled and troubling protagonist, Martin John. You might not like Martin John or want to run into him on the subway, but he will stay with you long after you have put the novel down, not least because of those uncomfortable bits of him that you’ll recognize in yourself."—Nino Ricci, CBC Books

      "Martin John is the best novel I have read in years: long after reading it I feel that I am still reading it, being read by it."Geist

      "Darkly funny, saddening, and compassionate ... [Martin John] shows readers how postmodern writing techniques can make some small sort of sense out of the seemingly insensible."Foreword Reviews

      "Martin John, Schofield’s second novel, performs the paranoiac drama between identity, knowledge, recognition, and desire."Full Stop

      "[A] stylistically audacious second novel."—Steven Beattie, Quill and Quire

      "Effective and captivating ... The author?s tone in these segments is coolly detached and nearly journalistic, generating in the reader a sensation of voyeurism that is profoundly unsettling and in keeping with the experience of reading Martin John."—Shawn Syms, Quill and Quire

      "Schofield?s trademark Celtic-Gothic sensibility is evident once again as Martin John explores madness, dark comedy, isolation and sexual compulsion."Toronto Star

      "Fearless ... Pick [up this book] if you are enthralled by what the novel with its variable and elastic form can do as Schofield pushes the boundaries in careful calibrations of narrative structure and language that bites."The Vancouver Sun

      "A bold novel ... Schofield shows her skill through precise, singular and forceful prose."The Sunday Telegraph, 5/5 Stars

      "Necessary and urgent ... Martin John roars to life; chaotic, compelling and disjointed from the very first page."The Sunday Business Post

      "Martin John is not interested in being an easy book. Not easy on its readers, and not easy on its title character ... [but] what makes this book so necessary is the way it makes us see what we’d rather not see."PRISM International

      "The power of [Martin John] comes from its unpredictability ... [Schofield] walks the tricky line between creating empathy for a character without lessening the reader's understanding of the horror of his actions."—Tobias Carroll, Electric Literature

      "Martin John is a profound, innovative, and poignant meditation on identity."—David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy

      "Profane, strange, hilarious, and necessary, Martin John is a beguiling triumph."—Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers

      "This is a very moving and terrific book."—Daniel Handler (alias Lemony Snicket)

      "Written with all the electrifying humour of her award-winning debut Malarky, exhibiting a startling grasp of the loops and obsessions of a molester's mind, Martin John is a testament to Canadian Irish author's Anakana Schofield's skill and audacity—and stands as a brilliant, Beckettian exploration of a man's long slide into deviancy."The Irish Post

      "This is dangerous writing ... Schofield is giving voice to a marginalized perspective, one that is rarely heard or heard this clearly ... But this is why Martin John is necessary: Schofield is not a moralist, and her interest in human behaviour?honourable or deplorable?allows angles of light into neglected spaces of the human condition ... Brave and sensitive."The Winnipeg Free Press

      "Conveyed in hilarious, deadpan beautiful prose ... Schofield’s first achievement is to burrow into Martin John’s rackety mind. Her second crucial achievement is to turn this unsettling apprehension into a necessary, extraordinary act of empathy."—Alison Gillmor, The Winnipeg Review

      "Schofield gives us a complex and unrelenting portrait of a brain that will not co-operate."Edmonton Journal

      "Spectacularly written ... You’ve never read anything like it."NOW Toronto

      "Brilliant ... From Martin John?s uncanny repetitions and ellipses, Schofield forges beautiful and thrilling prose-poetry. The atmosphere of her language is stunningly distinctive."Literary Review

      "A grown-up tale of how blighted lives carry on ... fizz[ing] with surface humour."The Spectator

      "Martin John is a darkly comic story about a deeply troubled man ... an intelligent, deeply thought-provoking—and brave—novel."Reading Matters

      "Humorous ... fast-paced ... for a novel about a sexual deviant, Martin John is positively breezy."—Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

      "This is literature serving its most essential function: illuminating the darkest recesses; dragging the unspoken and suppressed to the foreground of our consciousness; throwing light across the blackest of humanity’s vistas. This is writing at its most fearless: visceral and searing, yet textured and nuanced; the darkest of comedy and the deepest of insight, combined in a manner unique to Anakana Schofield."—Donal Ryan, author of The Thing About December and The Spinning Heart

      "You’ll hold your breath while reading this novel. The story transgresses the body with or without our permission, and illuminates important ideas we ordinarily look away from. And yet it is now, more than ever, that we need to reread the body."—Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water and Dora: A Headcase (with Chuck Palahniuk)

      "Innovative in form, and challenging in subject, Anakana uses devastatingly specific prose that conversely portrays the poetry of human suffering. Martin John is moving, profoundly human and insightful, and, perhaps most importantly, darkly humorous."—Thalia Field, author of Bird Lovers, Backyard

      "Anakana Schofield’s first book, Malarky, was one of my favourite books last year. This one is different; it is darker, creepier. But it is every bit as clever and bold."Consumed by Ink

      Praise for Schofield’s Malarky

      "A fine first novel."—Margaret Atwood

      "A word of warning regarding this one of a kind tale of a woman’s endeavours to accept the realities of her life on their own terms- mid-guffaw you may find that you’ve taken it all most intensely to heart. I read Malarky over a year ago and Our Woman is still with me, so the process is probably irreversible."—Helen Oyeyemi, author of Mr Fox

      "Malarky is a terrific read, a brilliant collision of heartbreak and hilarity written in a voice that somehow seems both feral and perfectly controlled. Anakana Schofield’s Our Woman takes a cool nod at Joyce, then goes her own way in one of the most moving and lyrical debut novels I’ve read."—Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins

      "A caustic, funny, and moving fantasia of an Irish mammy going round the bend."—Emma Donoghue, author of Room

      "Anakana Schofield is part of a new wave of wonderful Irish fiction — international in scope and electrically alive."—Colum McCann

      "Good writing and dark wit always excite me and they come together thrillingly in this book. It has a quiet grip on the strangeness of the interior and exterior worlds of love and politics. I delighted in the writing and the scope."—Jenny Diski, author of What I Don't Know About Animals

      "A refreshing rejection of the escapist fantasy that dominates much of our cultural life ... I greatly enjoyed this novel, and I admire Schofield’s ability to pull off something so difficult with charm and brio."—Marina Lewycka, Guardian

      "Both blackly comic and deeply felt. There is something heroic about the desperate resilience of Our Woman, and the originality of her depiction by Schofield, that leaves an indelible trace on the reader’s mind."Sunday Telegraph

      "‘Our Woman’ is either utterly mad or scarily sane, a uniquely distinctive voice in a funny and perceptive trip into the off-key oddness of rural life."Irish Times, Best Books of 2013

      "Brilliant ... laced with dark wit and quirky lyricism, this is a striking portrait of a society in flux and a woman on the edge."Mail on Sunday

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