Mrs S (Paperback)
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Mrs S (Paperback)

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Published: 06/06/2024
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Waterstones Says

Deftly blending queer romance with Dark Academia, Patrick's slow-burning debut chronicles the burgeoning love affair between a boarding school matron and the wife of the establishment's headmaster.

Powerfully sensual and sublimely stylish, Mrs S is a tale of queer love that smoulders with the heat of summer.

In an elite English boarding school where the girls kiss the marble statue of the famous dead author who used to walk the halls, a young Australian woman arrives to take up the antiquated role of ‘matron’. Within this landscape of immense privilege, in which the girls can sense the slightest weakness in those around them, she finds herself unsure of her role, her accent and her body.

That is until she meets Mrs S, the headmaster’s wife, a woman who is her polar opposite: assured, sophisticated, a paragon of femininity. Over the course of a long, restless heatwave, the matron finds herself irresistibly drawn ever closer into Mrs S’s world and their unspoken desire blooms into an illicit affair of electric intensity. But, as the summer begins to fade, both women know that a choice must be made.

K Patrick’s portrait of the butch experience is revelatory; exploring the contested terrain of our bodies, our desires and the constraints society places around both. Mrs S marks the arrival of a major new literary talent, unlike any other.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008561031
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 180 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘A striking queer romance in which lust yields subtle revelations about sexual power and selfhood’ Guardian ‘Brilliant and sexy… should be on everyone’s summer reading list’ iNews ‘There’s nothing else like it out there’ The Times ‘Bold and beautiful… Desire crackles through these pages like fire’ Telegraph ‘Compulsively readable, subtle, beautiful, brilliant on gender and queerness’ Observer ‘Entirely captivating… Patrick’s staccato sentences… [become] a secondary language for butchness, powerful and confident’ New York Times ‘[A] subtle, scintillating novel’ TLS ‘A highly charged tale of desire and obsession’ Marie Claire ‘Bold, uncompromising… Remarkable’ Daily Express 'So seductively and intelligently observed that its pulse continues long after the final page’ Sarah Winman, author of Still Life ‘A languorous slow-burn and a moving reflection on queerness’ Julia Armfield, author of Our Wives Under the Sea ‘Moody, generous and brilliant’ Jessie Burton, author of The House of Fortune ‘Tense, taut and exhilarating’ Monica Heisey, author of Really Good, Actually ‘Crisp and beautiful’ Amy Key, author of Arrangements in Blue ‘Hot!’ Joanna Walsh, author of Vertigo ‘Astonishing’ Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl ‘Taut with anticipation’ Lillian Fishman, author of Acts of Service ‘Wildly sexy, brave … An erotic classic through a bold modern lens’ Charlotte Mendelson, author of Wife 'Scorching … One of our favourite reads' Time Out ‘Embraces and then toys with our expectation of the lesbian romance’ London Review of Books

LGBTQ+ Book Club

LGBTQ+ Book Club

Kingston upon Thames
Thursday 15th August 19:00 - 20:00

For August we will be reading Mrs S by Patrick. Deftly blending queer romance with Dark Academia, Patrick's slow-burning debut chronicles the burgeoning love affair between a boarding school matron and the wife of the establishment's headmaster. Powerfully sensual and sublimely stylish, Mrs S is a tale of queer love that smoulders with the heat of summer.

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Els Scholey

“A breath of fresh LGBTQIA+ air for the Dark Academia genre.”

Thank you so, so much to El @ HarperInsider for an early exclusive proof, I have been utterly delighted to read it and I'm so pleased I can share my thoughts with anyone who is interested in this book.

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Hardback edition
3 similar books recommended
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Léa at Brighton

“Unique and experimental in its narrative and heart wrenching at its core!”

Mrs S is a poignant, immersive and gut wrenching story full of queer love, longing and finding ones self.

This book was tender, yet tough. A fascinating account of one matron's desire, longing and adoration for... More

Hardback edition
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“Powerful”

Deftly written, this novel is a powerful celebration of lesbianism that can sit proudly in the dark academic genre; it has earned its spot amongst the very best.

Mrs. S follows a troupe of unnamed, aside from the... More

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