Ann Quin


Introduction by Danielle Dutton

First published in 1972, Ann Quin’s fourth and final novel was a radical break from the introspective style she had developed in Three and Passages: a declaration of independence from all expectations.

Brashly experimental, ribald, and hilarious, Tripticks maps new territories for the novel – aspiring to a form of pop art via the drawings of the artist Carol Annand and anticipating the genre-busting work of Kathy Acker through collage and gory satire.

Splattering its pages with the story of a man being chased across a nightmarish America by his ‘first X-wife’ and her ‘schoolboy gigolo’, Tripticks was ground zero for the collision of punk energy with high style.

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About the Book

This edition includes an introduction by Danielle Dutton

Ian Patterson explores Ann Quin’s works in the London Review of Books

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

Author: Ann Quin
Original language: English
Format: B-format paperback
Publication date: 23 August 2022
ISBN: 9781913505400
Ebook ISBN: 9781913505417
Availability: World English


Ian Patterson
London Review of Books

‘A fast-moving, jump-cutting, semi-absurd, road-trip quest narrative.’

Sam Sacks
Wall Street Journal

‘Quin’s spare prose line—Delphic, obscure and hauntingly suggestive—creates a comparably vertiginous kind of enchantment. To submit to this unique book’s spell is to experience, in language, a “fantastic dance of images, shapes, forms.”’

New York Times

‘Quin works over a small area with the finest of tools. Every page, every word gives evidence of her care and workmanship.’

Paris Review

‘Quin’s prose never falters; it’s stunning.’

Publishers Weekly

‘Quin was a writer ahead of her time.’

Irish Times

‘Vividly intense and almost palpably immediate.’


‘Quin uses carefully crafted imagery to stimulate the reader's subconscious.’

Library Journal

‘Quin tosses out hefty dashes of mordant humour and caustic wit.’

Tom McCarthy

‘I suspect that Ann Quin will eventually be viewed, alongside B. S. Johnson and Alexander Trocchi, as one of the few mid-century British novelists who actually, in the long term, matter.’

Chloe Aridjis

‘Ann Quin is a master painter of interiors, of voices that mosaic as they catch the light at strange, stirring angles.’

Jonathan Coe

‘Quin's militant refusal to compromise flavours her writing: you either take her on her own terms, or not at all. Richer and stranger than the satisfactions of mainstream fiction.’

Deborah Levy

‘Quin understood she was on to something new.’

Lee Rourke

‘One of our greatest ever novelists. Ann Quin’s was a new British working-class voice that had not been heard before: it was artistic, modern, and – dare I say it – ultimately European.’

Juliet Jacques

‘One of Britain’s most adventurous post-war writers. Psychologically dark and sexually daring.’

Danielle Dutton

‘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.’