Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Bookseller: Canongate pre-empts Salena Godden's visionary debut novel 'Mrs Death Misses Death'




BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

Huge news to share today... 

My debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death will be published by Canongate Books. 
I'm so excited to share this news with you all today, it is a dream come true!
Thank you Crystal Mahey-Morgan, Hannah Knowles and all at Canongate Books

ALSO THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY THAT SUPPORTED THIS WORK SO FAR Xx

"Because we know a lot of dead people now..." 











At the heart of the novel lies the friendship between Wolf, a troubled young writer, and Death, whom Godden personifies as a homeless black woman who shape-shifts. The synopsis reads: “Enthralled by her stories, Wolf becomes Mrs Death’s scribe and begins to write her reminiscences and memoirs. Using their desk as a vessel and conduit, Wolf and Death time-travel to witness historic deaths of past and present and discuss what the future holds for humanity.”


“As Godden swoops between literary forms in Mrs Death and Wolf’s interactions, she sparks questions about class, race, gender and mental health,” Canongate said. “And ultimately, while mortality lies at the heart of the novel, Mrs Death Misses Death is a bold, visionary celebration of life, hope and resilience.”

Knowles said: “Getting to publish Salena’s electrifying genre- and form-defying firestarter of a novel is nothing short of a career highlight.”


Canongate c.e.o. Jamie Byng said: “I’ve been a fan of Salena Godden’s writing for many years, coming across her poetry as I did back in the 90s when she would regularly blow audiences away with her wild delivery of her anarchic, soulful, filthy and funny poems. But nothing could quite prepare me for this pulsating, dark and delicious debut novel, Mrs Death Misses Death.”

He added: “Salena’s ability to blend literary forms, weave stories and reclaim myth is dazzling and I am certain that Mrs Death and her amanuensis, Wolf, are going to haunt the imaginations of readers the world over. As well as capture their hearts.  I could not be more excited about us publishing this audacious novel by this utterly original writer.”






















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WHAT A YEAR! WOOP! 

LAST POETRY SHOWS OF 2019

THE LAST GIGS OF THIS DECADE! WOW!

HERE COME THE ROARING TWENTIES!



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