Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies


Author: Mortimer, Maddie Published 30/03/2023 | Paperback / softback
130 x 197 x 31 | 322g

ISBN: 9781529069389 Category:

Winner of the Desmond Elliott PrizeShortlisted: Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year – Goldsmiths Prize – Betty Trask PrizeLonglisted: Booker Prize – Dylan Thomas PrizeMaps of Our Spectacular Bodies is a story of coming-of-age at the end of a life. Utterly heart-breaking yet darkly funny, Maddie Mortimer’s debut is a symphonic journey through one woman’s body: a celebration of desire, forgiveness, and the darkness within us all.

‘Original, memorable, shimmering’ – Sarah Moss, author of Ghost WallLia has only one child, Iris; her magical, awkward, endlessly creative daughter who has just entered the battleground of her teenage years. Lia and Iris have always been close, but there is a war playing out inside Lia’s body, too, and everything is about to change.

As she confronts what might be the end, memories of her own childhood and a passionate love affair come rushing into her present, unearthing buried secrets and her family’s deepest fears. But Lia still has hope . . . for more time, for more love, for more Iris.

The Sunday Times Book of the Year’Restlessly inventive . . . delicate and persuasive’ – The Guardian‘Extraordinary, kaleidoscopic’ – Daisy Johnson, author of Everything, Under

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