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Summary

Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job, and now she seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. Wolf Willeford, a troubled young writer, is well acquainted with death but until now hadn't met Death in person - a Black, working-class woman who shape-shifts and does her work unseen. 

Enthralled by her stories, Wolf becomes Mrs Death's scribe and begins to write her memoirs. Using their desk as a vessel and conduit, Wolf travels across time and place with Mrs Death to witness deaths of past and present and discuss what the future holds for humanity. As the two reflect on the losses they have experienced - or, in the case of Mrs Death, facilitated - their friendship grows into a surprising affirmation of hope, resilience and love. All the while, despite her world-weariness, Death must continue to hold humans' fates in her hands, appearing in our lives when we least expect her.... 

©2021 Salena Godden (P)2021 Canongate Books Ltd

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Absolutely exquisite

Without a doubt, the most exquisite book I have ever read/listened to. Sublime and perfect.

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Not for me, sadly

I managed to listen to the whole thing. There were moments when I thought this was excellent: erudite and beautifully worded. But then I found myself losing concentration and having no idea what was going on. It felt too clever for itself at times.

I loved the synopsis, hence choosing it. The start was so unusual: Death as a Black Woman. Though I have to say: I really dislike the title, the forced wordplay there.

But upon finishing, I couldn't actually tell you what had happened. I would normally stop reading/listening to a book that had this effect on me, but I persevered because I had so liked the sound of this. Yet it kept happening.

Other reviewers give this a very Marmite rating. Lots of people raving, lots very cool indeed, little in between.

I liked the voice of Mrs Death, the author's own voice. But the style of this is going to be 'love it or hate it', and for me, the audio version didn't do justice to the writer's efforts, it was too hard to follow. I wanted to savour the parts I was really enjoying and was not able to.

Maybe one to attempt again on paper.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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Wonderful book, wonderfully read

I enjoyed every minute of this book. It made me feel alive! I'd highly recommend it

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Dreamy

Loved hearing this Poet Supreme reading her own written word. Dreamy and poetic. I'm proud to have in some small way to have inspired the main character Wolf. Can't wait to see this as a film.

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Transformative And Loving

I was mesmerised by this book, beautifully read by the author herself. Her voices carried me, challenged me, tickled me, and awed me. This is a brilliant book for anyone who is asking themselves about what life, love, death and fury are all for.

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Incredible book!

I was blown away by this book. It was not what I expected at all and at points made me sob! Such powerful writing and beautifully read by the author. Highly recommend!

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thought-provoking and fabulous

completely fantastic, Salena Godden has such a way with words and their performance is absolutely breathtaking too.

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Extraordinarily compelling reading performance.

A grim but beautifully written book. A hypnotic read by the author, as soon as you start to concentrate on their voice everything else disappears.

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A modern masterpiece

Brilliantly written, beautifully read by the author. Salena Godden is someone to look out for. This book is poignant, funny, moving, dark and most of all BLUNT. Death is not an easy topic to speak of, somehow it just flows beautifully here.

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Mrs Death for life

Requires active attention as this book is quirky and full of life and death gems. Very hard to critique as it is so novel and poetic. Many everyday experiences and events made real by the backdrop of death. Salena Godden’s raspy reading of her own work is fabulous and hypnotic. Do not listen in bed as you will soon drift off lulled by her dulcet tones.

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Mrs Death! (A rave review from a Death Midwife)

This exquisite novel feels like you’re on an adventure with the author, and it was hard not to gobble up all at once! It is delicious and often hard to hear l, it is soothing and confrontational. The delight of being a tourist with Death, in her mundane traverse, is that it is the mystery trip we all want to explore, without the pain, with out the fear. I LOVE this book, the hard copy is like a big hug, I LOVED hearing SG reading it, like a story around the campfire! Xo Moon

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