Picador is one of publishing’s most esteemed imprints and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022. Commissioning Editor Ansa Khan Khattak presents three of their future stars and gives Cheltenham audiences an exclusive first look at their 2022 books. They are: Maddie Mortimer, a ground-breaking talent whose hotly tipped fiction debut Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies deals with a family coming to terms with the death of a mother; Julia Armfield, the author of the acclaimed short story collection salt slow, whose forthcoming debut novel Our Wives Under The Sea is a powerful story of love, loss and what life might lurk in the deep ocean and Andy West whose hotly anticipated non-fiction title The Life Inside blends memoir, storytelling and his experiences of teaching philosophy in prisons to offer new insights into life inside jail and the life inside all of us.

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Our Wives Under the Sea


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