Anna Mackmin

Anna won the New Angle Prize 2019 for her book Devoured which was shortlisted for the Desmond Eliot Prize. Previously an actor and theatre director Devoured is her first novel.

This introduction to Devoured is supplied by her publisher, Henry Layte of Propolis Books.

Set in 1973, Swallow’s Farmhouse in deep, rural Norfolk is home to Your People, a commune of idealists, free-thinkers and poets seeking a better way. But beneath the veneer of a nurturing, alternative lifestyle, their house is leaden with an atmosphere of jealousy and threat. They are chasing a dream already turning sour. Trying to survive amidst the hypocrisy and chaos is a nearly-thirteen-year-old girl; brave, witty and desperately pre-occupied with her transition into womanhood. With her silent, elf-like sister, beloved dog and a head full of Elizabeth David recipes, she marches resolutely towards her future, venturing – with hilarious and horrifying results – through the minefield of an adult world built on misplaced ideals.

Photograph: Joanna Millington