The Water Cure

Sophie Mackintosh


Ollie says:

Voiced by three sisters, Grace, Sky, and Lia, from the isolated island home they share with their mother and tyrannical father, King, The Water Cure is a radical and complex exploration of sisterly bonds, the various threats of patriarchy, and the power of myth as a means of control. In a near-future in which men are, literally, toxic to women, the sisters perform bizarre rituals and protection spells designed by King to mitigate the effects of the outside world. When two men and a boy arrive at the island following King’s disappearance, the fabric of the girls’ existence is viscerally torn apart in ways that defy any shred of conventionality and elevate the novel beyond comfortable categorisation. The Water Cure is an extraordinary debut, and the sense of slow, elemental dread that saturates every page has remained with me for months after reading it.

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*COMING SOON: the second novel from Booker-longlisted Sophie Mackintosh*

*Blue Ticket, a chilling new novel about freedom, fate and motherhood – out 7 May 2020*

British Vogue ‘Star of the Future’ for 2020

Independent Best Books of the Decade

‘A gripping, sinister fable’ Margaret Atwood (via Twitter)

‘An extraordinary debut – otherworldly, luminous, precise’ Guardian

‘Bold, inventive, haunting… With shades of Margaret Atwood and Eimear McBride, you’ll be bowled over by it’ Stylist

Grace, Lia and Sky live in an abandoned hotel, on a sun-bleached island, beside a poisoned sea. Their parents raised them there to keep them safe, to make them good. The world beyond the water is contaminated and men are the contamination. But one day three strangers wash ashore – men who stare at the sisters hungrily, helplessly. Men who bring trouble.

‘Visceral, hypnotic . . . with one of my favourite endings I’ve read in a long while’ The Pool

‘An unsettling dark fantasy… [It] lingers long after the final page’ Daily Telegraph

‘Otherworldly, brutal and poetic: a feminist fable set by the sea, a female Lord of the Flies. It felt like a book I’d been waiting to read for a long time‘ Emma Jane Unsworth

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Weight0.181 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 1.6 cm