Anna Mackmin

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Anna Mackmin previously worked as a theatre director. Her first novel, DEVOURED, was published in June 2018 by propolis books. In November 2018, DEVOURED won the Fiction category at the East Anglian Book Awards, and it is currently longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2019.

Praise for DEVOURED (2018):

'[B]rilliantly filmic [...] Mackmin's debut novel is a tour de force of tragicomic invention and linguistic virtuosity. Set in 1973, Devoured is a coming-of-age story: Bo tells it minute by minute, addressing herself exclusively in the second person. Broken sentences and wild ellipses rush us along, even as they detain the reader with rich verbal inventiveness. I laughed and cried my way through, fearful for Bo and her mute sister, Star. All Mackmin’s theatrical skills are in play, conjuring an off-the-wall alternative community and its intricately self-serving personal relationships. [...] I’ve never read a more sensuous and sensual book, nor one that troubled me more for its endangered children. [...] Devoured explores human hunger, freedom, betrayal. If the novel’s spirited children survive, what scars will they carry into adult life?' Guardian 


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Swallow's Farmhouse in deep, rural Norfolk is home to Your People, a commune of free-thinkers and poets seeking a better way. But beneath the veneer of a nurturing, alternative lifestyle, an atmosphere of jealousy and threat is pushing utopia towards the brink of its inevitable collapse. Raising herself amidst the chaos is a twelve year old survivor, desperately preoccupied with her transition into womanhood. With her mute sister, beloved dog and the re-defining force of her emerging appetites, she marches resolutely towards her future, venturing - with hilarious and horrifying results - through the minefield of an adult world built on hypocrisy and misplaced ideals.