Subscribe to our books by Monday 8th June 2020 and you will receive your copy of What You Could Have Won in September 2020, before its official November publication. All subscribers are thanked by name in the books, as always, and for What You Could Have Won there will be some specially put-together extras including art & articles related to the book, as we did for Barn 8. Rachel Genn will – pandemic permitting – sign subscriber copies.
Here’s Rachel Genn discussing lockdown, What You Could Have Won, and growing up in a butcher’s shop on Two Minute Stories’ podcast. Short of time? She starts talking about her novel What You Could Have Won at 18 minutes, 20 seconds.
'Genn brings light to the darker sides of love, writing with sensitivity and empathy about fame, desire and resilience. Intricately plotted and delicately written, What You Could Have Won is subtle, yet sharp.'
'Spectacular, dizzying, utterly addictive. I couldn't step back from 'What You Could Have Won' because I was too caught up in its brilliant whirlwind: regret, desire, hopeless love, searing wit. As one protagonist says: 'a good story is a good story because it makes you its own.' Genn's novel completely claimed me.'
'Exuberant, limber. sexy, incandescent, frenetic, addictive.'
Praise for The Cure
‘Startlingly Tender.’ Time Out
‘Genn’s narrative voice proves unusually nimble in its ironic, sympathetic shifts between the players in this compact saga. The Cure yields a surprising tensile strength for such a slim volume.’ Herald Scotland
‘I loved The Cure. Rachel Genn offers a new and convincing take on the experience of the Irish migrant worker, evoking in exhilarating dialogue the multi-ethnic Babel of contemporary London. This is a story of family secrets, fierce male friendships and slow-burning love.’ Joe Treasure
‘The Geiger counter of Rachel Genn’s prose moves over her characters' souls with forensic precision, detecting the minute shifts and vacillations that take place below the level of consciousness - those very things that make us human.’ Kathy Towers, Seamus Heaney Centre prize winning poet