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Mrs S

K Patrick author

Format:Paperback

Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers

Published:6th Jun '24

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

An Observer Best Debut of the Year

A Granta Best Young British Novelist

‘I loved this book’ JULIA ARMFIELD

‘Exhilarating’ MONICA HEISEY

An Observer Best Debut of the Year

A Granta Best Young British Novelist

‘I loved this book’ JULIA ARMFIELD

‘Exhilarating’ MONICA HEISEY

'Astonishing' ANDREA LAWLOR

'Should be on everyone's summer reading list' iNEWS

A powerful, sensual novel of the forbidden love between a young woman and the headmaster’s wife, unfolding across a single a heatwave 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’. There 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 the older woman’s world with their unspoken desire blooming into an illicit affair of electric intensity. But, as the summer begins to fade, both know that a choice must finally be made.

‘Atmospheric and daring’ GUARDIAN

'Compulsively readable, subtle, beautiful, brilliant' OBSERVER

‘There’s nothing else like it out there’ THE TIMES

‘Desire crackles through these pages like fire’ TELEGRAPH

‘Entirely captivating’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘Moody, generous and brilliant’ JESSIE BURTON

'Rare and thrilling' SARAH WINMAN

‘Wildly sexy, brave, and so gripping I kept forgetting to exhale’ CHARLOTTE MENDELSON

‘A striking queer romance in which lust yields subtle revelations about sexual power and selfhood’ Guardian

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

‘Bold and beautiful… Desire crackles through these pages like fire’ Telegraph

‘Atmospheric and daring’ Guardian

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

‘Compulsively readable, subtle, beautiful, brilliant on gender and queerness, girlhood, bodies’ Observer

‘[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’ 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’ 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 … An erotic classic through a bold modern lens’ Charlotte Mendelson, author of Wife

'Scorching … One of our favourite reads' TimeOut

ISBN: 9780008561031

Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 20mm

Weight: 180g

304 pages