Out on 30 March 2023

Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies

Maddie Mortimer

2022 Nominee

Desmond Elliott Prize

2022 Nominee

The Goldsmiths Prize

30 March 2023
9781529069389
448 pages

Synopsis

Longlisted for the Booker Prize
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize
Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize

‘Original, memorable, shimmering’ - Sarah Moss


Lia has only one child, Iris; her magical, awkward, endlessly creative daughter who has just entered the battleground of her teenage years. Lia and Iris have always been close, but there is a war playing out inside Lia’s body, too, and everything is about to change. As she confronts what might be the end, memories of her own childhood and a passionate love affair come rushing into her present, unearthing buried secrets and her family’s deepest fears. But Lia hopes: for more time, for more love, for more Iris.

Dancing between voices within Lia’s body and without, flitting back and forth in time, this sweeping, dazzling story of a life and what it is to let go marks the arrival of an extraordinary novelist.

'Restlessly inventive . . . delicate and persuasive' - The Guardian
‘Extraordinary, kaleidoscopic’ - Daisy Johnson

Here is a book to dance and sing about. An extraordinary, kaleidoscopic dive into language
An original and memorable novel written in shimmering prose. The characters stayed with me long after I’d finished reading
Both expansive and intimate, Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies is an intricate portrait of a life hurtling towards the inevitable. An extraordinary debut.