Mrs Death Misses Death (Paperback)
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Mrs Death Misses Death (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages
Published: 20/01/2022
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Tired of her job and desperate for a sympathetic ear, Death befriends a writer who begins to work on her memoir in this much-awaited, tantalising debut novel from poet Salena Godden.

Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2022 Debut Book of the Year

Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job and now she seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. Wolf Willeford, a troubled young writer, is well acquainted with death, but until now hadn't met Death in person - a black, working-class woman who shape-shifts and does her work unseen.

Enthralled by her stories, Wolf becomes Mrs Death's scribe, and begins to write her memoirs. Using their desk as a vessel and conduit, Wolf travels across time and place with Mrs Death to witness deaths of past and present and discuss what the future holds for humanity. As the two reflect on the losses they have experienced - or, in the case of Mrs Death, facilitated - their friendship grows into a surprising affirmation of hope, resilience and love. All the while, despite her world-weariness, Death must continue to hold humans' fates in her hands, appearing in our lives when we least expect her . . .

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781838851224
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 215 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

A fantastically imaginative story about life, death and everything in between - a potent reminder that life is short and every second should be cherished - IDRIS ELBA

A modern-day Pilgrim's Progress leavened with caustic wit . . . This is not light-hearted stuff, yet Godden has produced a miraculously light-hearted novel . . . an elegant, occasionally uproarious, danse macabre - Guardian

Exquisite. A daring, poetic offering that establishes Godden as one of our most exciting voices. I loved it - IRENOSEN OKOJIE

A rhythmic and powerful poetic meditation on death, life and love and the hidden mysteries of the universe; both playful and sombre, hilarious and human - NIKESH SHUKLA

In this timely and exquisite meditation on breath and its best rhyme, we see a stunning performance poet crowding all the energy, wisdom, passion and laughs of her live work into the solid ingot of this astounding novel, as profound as Cohen, as playful as Brautigan. Salena Goddess, more like - ALAN MOORE

It's light, it's dark, it's twisted and it's brilliant. As we all encounter life, so too we should all encounter Mrs Death. Poetry, prose, life and death. Salena Godden brings them together with ease. She is a wordsmith of the highest order - BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH

Dark at times - with compelling stories about miscarriages of justice, murder and racial oppression - it is nonetheless celebratory and life-affirming, aglow with love, fortitude and compassion - Mail on Sunday

I love Salena Godden and I love Mrs Death Misses Death. Salena, like the lead character, is a force to be reckoned with. If the page were a stage, Mrs Death is its star. She soaks in the spotlight, commanding the eye of the audience. It is an assured debut by a poet whom I hold in the highest regard - LEMN SISSAY

A witty, angry, warm and elemental combination of poetry and prose . . . an exhilarating combination of allegory, poetry and very real fury - Guardian

Salena Godden's pin-sharp ability to mine the intricacies of human nature fuels her long-awaited debut novel, a life-affirming and unflinching treatise on death and its stark realities. Always playful, infused with her trademark humour and commitment to truth, Godden reinvents the form while staying true to an emotional honesty that's as forthright as it is courageous. Mrs Death's finale is some of the most powerful writing I've read in years. Here is necessary, beautiful work. Thank God for Godden - COURTTIA NEWLAND

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“Joyous and heartbreaking, this bizarre book will stick with you for a long time”

Mrs Death Misses Death beautifully blends poetry, prose and script to tell the story of two main characters: Wolf and Mrs Death. This book is unlike any I have ever read, it begins with a disclaimer that is both... More

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“A masterpiece blending prose and poetry in a powerful meditation on death and life”

“death is a rabbit
darting in a distant field
death is the stranger
you feed at your door ...” - from ‘Mrs Death Misses Death’, 2021.

This image of death as a rabbit was one of many poetic interludes within ‘Mrs... More

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“Abstract and poignant”

This is abstract and esoteric, and because of this will be off-putting to some. But it is also lyrical and poignant. It's very compelling and I read it very quickly (the disclaimer didn't lie about being... More

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