Ann Quin


Introduction by Joshua Cohen

This enigmatic novel, from one of Britain’s most important writers of the post-war avant-garde, explores suicide, marriage and class.

S has disappeared from Ruth and Leonard’s home in Brighton. Suicide is suspected. The couple, who had been spying on their young lodger since before the trouble, begin to pour over her diary, her audio recordings and her movies – only to discover that she had been spying on them with even greater intensity. As this disturbing, highly charged act of reciprocal voyeurism comes to light, and as the couple’s fascination with S comes to dominate their already flawed marriage, what emerges is an unnerving and absorbing portrait of the taboos, emotional and sexual, that broke behind the closed doors of 1950s British life.

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  • Introduced by novelist Joshua Cohen who also ghostwrote Edward Snowden’s memoir of our surveillance state, Permanent Record.
  • Ian Patterson explores Ann Quin’s works in the London Review of Books, delving into The Unmapped Country, Berg, and Three.
  • You can read writers including Deborah Levy, Joanna Walsh, Juliet Jacques and Danielle Dutton on Ann Quin in Music & Literature No. 7.
Print status: Upcoming
Author: Ann Quin
Original language: English
Format: B-format paperback
Publication date: 11 August 2020
ISBN: 9781911508847
Ebook ISBN: 9781911508854
Availability: World English
Number of pages: 192


Daniel Stern
The New York Times Book Review

'A vivid, supple prose flashing with insights.'