Bottled Goods

Author(s): Sophie van Llewyn


When Alina's brother-in-law defects to the West, she and her husband become persons of interest to the secret services, causing both of their careers to come grinding to a halt. As the strain takes its toll on their marriage, Alina turns to her aunt for help - the wife of a communist leader and a secret practitioner of the old folk ways. Set in 1970s communist Romania, this novella-in-flash draws upon magic realism to weave a tale of everyday troubles that can't be put down. 


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Longlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction

Longlisted for The Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 and The People's Book Prize 2018

'A story to savour, to smile at, to rage against and to weep over.' - Zoe Gilbert, author of Folk

'An assured debut which is part-absurdist, part-thriller, part-social realism. If you're looking for intrigue, psychological depth and the darkly comic in a book that can be read in one hour, this is for you.' - Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 judges

'this stunning historical novella... is both tense and atmospheric' --Mslexia

'The prose is tight, witty, vivid and atmospheric... Every word on the page pulls its weight.' --Litro

 Sophie van Llewyn was born in south-eastern Romania. She has published and won awards for her flash fiction and short stories across the UK, Europe and the States. Bottled Goods is Sophie's debut long fiction work.   

General Fields

  • : 9781912054305
  • : Fairlight Books
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sophie van Llewyn