Launch Ticket: Cursed Bread by Sophie Mackintosh: Friday 3rd March 6.30pm

Launch Ticket: Cursed Bread by Sophie Mackintosh: Friday 3rd March 6.30pm

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Audacious and mesmerising, CURSED BREAD is a tale of a town gripped by madness, envy like poison in the blood, and desire that burns and consumes.

Elodie is the baker's wife. Plain, unremarkable, ignored, she burns with a secret hunger to be extraordinary. One day a charismatic new couple appear in town and Elodie quickly falls under their spell. All summer long she stalks them through the shining streets: inviting herself into their home, listening to their coded conversations, longing to possess them.

Meanwhile, beneath the tranquil surface of daily life, strange things are happening. Six horses are found dead in a sun-drenched field. Widows see their husbands walking spectral up the moonlit river. A teenage boy throws himself into the bonfire at the midsummer feast. A dark intoxication is spreading through the town, and when Elodie finally understands her role in it, it will be too late to stop.

Sophie Mackintosh is the author of two previous novels, THE WATER CURE and BLUE TICKET. Her first novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 and won a Betty Trask Award 2019. She has also won the White Review Short Story Prize and the Virago/Stylist Short Story Competition, and has been published in Granta, The White Review and TANK magazine among others.