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The Water Cure

UK Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
US Publisher: Doubleday

Hypnotic, dreamlike and compulsive, a blazing literary debut for fans of Hot Milk, The Girls and The Vegetarian

Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia and Sky, kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them – three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake.

The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood and transformation.



‘A gripping, sinister fable’ Margaret Atwood

‘Ingenious and incendiary’ The New Yorker

‘An extraordinary otherworldly debut… [Mackintosh] is writing the way that Sofia Coppola would shoot the end of the world: Everything is luminous.’ The Guardian 

‘Sumptuous…haunting’ The New York Times (Editor’s Choice)