Ann Quin

1966 portrait of Quin by her friend, the poet Larry Goodell

Ann Quin was a British writer, born in Brighton in 1936. Prior to her death in 1973, she published four novels: Berg (1964), Three (1966), Passages (1969), and Tripticks (1972). During her writing career, she lived between Brighton, London and the United States. She was prominent amongst a group of British experimental writers of the 1960s, which also included B.S. Johnson and Christine Brooke-Rose.

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  • You can read writers including Deborah Levy, Joanna Walsh, Juliet Jacques and Danielle Dutton on Ann Quin in Music & Literature No. 7.

Praise for Ann Quin

  • ‘One of our greatest ever novelists.’ Lee Rourke, The Guardian
  • ‘Quin works over a small area with the finest of tools… every page, every word gives evidence of her care and workmanship.’ New York Times
  • ‘Vividly intense and almost palpably immediate.’ Irish Times
  • ‘Too little has been written about Brightonian novelist Ann Quin since her death.’ Juliet Jacques, The New Statesman
  • ‘Despite ongoing rumours of a B.S. Johnson revival, I feel our attention could be more usefully directed towards Ann Quin.’ Stewart Home, in 69 Things to do with a Dead Princess
  • ‘Quin’s prose never falters; it’s stunning.’ Caitlin Youngquist, The Paris Review
  • ‘The most naturally and delicately gifted novelist of her generation.’ The Scotsman
  • ‘A working-class voice from England quite unlike any other.’ Giles Gordon
  • ‘Quin understood she was on to something new and she took herself seriously, in the right way; she had a serious sense of her literary purpose.’ Deborah Levy
  • ‘Rare enough is a book that begins by stating its intention—rarer still one that proceeds to do seemingly everything it can to avoid following the path its intention has laid.’ Danielle Dutton
  • ‘Quin was a writer ahead of her time; 30 years later, [her writing] still feels fresh and exciting.’ Publishers Weekly
  • ‘Quin uses carefully crafted imagery to stimulate the reader’s subconscious.’ Booklist
  • ‘Quin tosses out hefty dashes of mordant humor and caustic wit.’ Library Journal


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