Gavin McCrea

Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016

 

Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize 2016

Shortlisted for HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown 2016

Shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize 2016

 

Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2015 

 

'McCrea is triumphant in creating Lizzie's voice; she is dazzingly convincing. Voices that feel authentic to their period and yet brim with life and verve are so rare that Mrs Engels is my book of the month.'

      --Antonia Senior, The Times

 

'Lizzie is a powerhouse protagonist...as improbable a subject for historical fiction as she is irresistible'

      --Jan Stuart, The New York Times

 

'In this impressive debut, McCrea draws sharp ironies from the gap between theory and actuality...A memorable portrait of a woman looking for a cause of her own, distinct from the one made famous by her husband.'

      --Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

 

This incisive novel…outlines a number of radical dislocations—in geography, nationality, class, and even love. If a woman cannot trust her reality, she can hardly trust her husband or herself, and ‘is there a loneliness more lonely than mistrust?’

      --The New Yorker

 

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