This new collection of rare and unpublished writing by the cult 1960s author Ann Quin explores the risks and seductions of going over the edge. The stories cut an alternative path across innovative twentieth-century writing, bridging the world of Virginia Woolf and Anna Kavan with that of Kathy Acker and Chris Kraus.
Reviewed by Andrew Gallix in the Guardian: “The Unmapped Country: Stories & Fragments by Ann Quin – review”
Spanning the author’s entire career, The Unmapped Country, edited and introduced by Jennifer Hodgson, builds up a portrait of the artist as a restless spirit, forever adventuring into the unknown.
Reviewed by Lucy Scholes in the Financial Times
“The Unmapped Country by Ann Quin — postcards from the edge”
Ann Quin profiled in The Telegraph by Ben Lawrence:
“‘The foremost female novelist of her generation’: Ann Quin remembered”
Exuberance and humanity blossom from her prose… Quin is not nearly as famous as she should be.
Reviewed by Jonathan Coe in The Spectator
“Has Ann Quin’s Time Come at Last?”
Quin is challenging, for sure, but the recent popular embrace of Deborah Levy and Eimear McBride (both writers who, to my mind, show an affinity with Ann Quin, if not her direct influence) suggests that there is a growing readership out there with a taste for something richer and stranger than the satisfactions of mainstream fiction. It could be that Ann Quin’s time has come at last.
Ann Quin profiled in the Times Literary Supplement accompanied by an extract from “The Unmapped Country”
Reviewed by Ian Maleney in the Irish Times: “The Unmapped Country, by Ann Quin review: pleasures and treasures”
The Unmapped Country is an ideal title: Quin set off in search of unknown pleasures, a sensual experience of words and life both intimate and distant. What slight and elusive treasures she discovered there, what precious fragments.
Featured in the Guardian’s “2018 in books: a literary calendar”
Featured in The New Statesman’s “Women of the world, take over: the books we’ll be reading in 2018”
Featured in Vol.1 Brooklyn’s “January 2018 Book Preview”
The Unmapped Country assembles her previously-uncollected shorter works, and should give readers a fuller sense of Quin’s tremendous power as a writer.
Featured in Lithub’s “15 Books You Should Read This January”
Hers is a voice that should be more widely read and discussed; hopefully this book will help contribute to a Quin renaissance.
Recommended by Lara Pawson in the Republic of Consciousness Prize Newsletter
For 2018, the book I’m most excited about is The Unmapped Country by Ann Quin… [The stories] are dark, intense and wonderfully free. Yet another hit for And Other Stories.