Mrs S

K Patrick author

Format:Hardback

Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers

Published:8th Jun '23

£16.99

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an Observer best debut novel of 2023 – 'Rare and thrilling' Sarah Winman

An Observer Best Debut of the Year A Granta Best of Young British Novelists

‘Oozes with erotic tension from the start’ Sarah Winman, author of Still Life

‘Sublime… I loved this book’ 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

‘I’ve completely fallen for the astonishing Mrs S’ Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Powerfully sensual and sublimely stylish, Mrs S is a tale of queer love that smoulders with the heat of summer.

In an elite English boarding school where the girls kiss the marble statue of the famous dead author who used to walk the halls, a young Australian woman arrives to take up the antiquated role of ‘matron’. Within this landscape of immense privilege, in which the girls can sense the slightest weakness in those around them, she finds herself unsure of her role, her accent and her body.

That is until she meets Mrs S, the headmaster’s wife, a woman who is her polar opposite: assured, sophisticated, a paragon of femininity. Over the course of a long, restless heatwave, the matron finds herself irresistibly drawn ever closer into Mrs S’s world and their unspoken desire blooms into an illicit affair of electric intensity. But, as the summer begins to fade, both women know that a choice must be made.

K Patrick’s portrait of the butch experience is revelatory; exploring the contested terrain of our bodies, our desires and the constraints society places around both. Mrs S marks the arrival of a major new literary talent, unlike any other.

‘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’ New York Times

‘Reading Mrs S is a delicious experience’ Rupert Thomson, author of Never Anyone But You

‘The intense physicality of the novel’s emotions and its stylish, stripped-back prose make for an arresting pairing’ Hephzibah Anderson, Observer

‘Atmospheric and daring’Guardian

‘There’s nothing else like it out there’The Times

Bold and beautiful… Desire crackles through these pages like fireTelegraph

‘Entirely captivating… Patrick’s staccato sentences… [become] a secondary language for butchness, powerful and confident’ Kristen Arnett, New York Times

‘[A] subtle, scintillating novelTLS

‘Brilliant and sexy… It should be on everyone’s summer reading list’iNews

‘A highly charged tale of desire and obsessionMarie 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

ISBN: 9780008560997

Dimensions: 222mm x 141mm x 30mm

Weight: 420g

304 pages