Soldier Sailor

Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2024

Claire Kilroy author


Publisher:Faber & Faber

Published:4th May '23

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An urgent, memorable, gut-wrenching novel about motherhood, creativity and identity which is sure to get people talking.


'My favourite book I've read this year' PANDORA SYKES
'Intense, furious, moving and often extremely funny' DAVID NICHOLLS

'Astonishing' Stephanie Merritt, Observer
'Very, very funny' PAUL MURRAY

In one of the most acclaimed novels of the year, her first in over a decade, Claire Kilroy takes us deep into the mind of her unforgettable heroine.

Exploring the clash of fierce love for a new life with a seismic change in identity, she vividly realises the tumultuous emotions of a new mother. As her marriage strains and she struggles with questions of love, autonomy creativity and the passing of time, an old friend makes a welcome return - but can he really offer a lifeline to the woman she used to be?

Readers adore Soldier Sailor:

***** 'About as perfect a piece of writing as you'll find.'
***** 'Unbearably tense and frequently hilarious.'
***** 'An entirely different voltage to anything I've read ... she somehow manages to verbalise *exactly* the feelings and thoughts I, certainly, had at points when I was a young mother'
***** 'This story touched me on such a visceral level.'
***** 'I was held captive by this novel ... an utterly absorbing depiction of motherhood'
***** 'I loved this book. Any woman, with or without children, will see themselves mirrored in this narrative'
***** 'An excellent, interesting and rather unforgettable creation.'

  • Long-listed for Women's Prize for Fiction 2024 (UK)

ISBN: 9780571381142

Dimensions: 223mm x 41mm x 25mm

Weight: 372g

256 pages