Sugar and Snails



Shortlisted for the 2016 Polari Prize.

This novel takes sensitive subject matter, handles it with all the force of a freight train and leaves behind nothing but a truly immersive reading experience.

This book contains 342 pages (84,500 words)

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The past lingers on, etched beneath our skin.

At fifteen, Diana Dodworth took the opportunity to radically alter the trajectory of her life, and escape the constraints of her small-town existence. Thirty years on, she can’t help scratching at her teenage decision like a scabbed wound.

To safeguard her secret, she’s kept other people at a distance… until Simon Jenkins sweeps in on a cloud of promise and possibility. But his work is taking him to Cairo, and he expects Di to fly out for a visit. She daren’t return to the city that changed her life; nor can she tell Simon the reason why.

Sugar and Snails takes the reader on a poignant journey from Diana’s misfit childhood, through tortured adolescence to a triumphant mid-life coming-of-age that challenges preconceptions about bridging the gap between who we are and who we feel we ought to be.


Anne Goodwin loves fiction for the freedom to contradict herself and has been scribbling stories ever since she could hold a pencil.

Anne studied Mathematics and Psychology at Newcastle University around the same time as the narrator of Sugar and Snails. After twenty-five years as a clinical psychologist, she now focuses on writing and reviewing fiction.

You can learn more about Anne Goodwin by visiting her author page here on the IQ website.

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Anne Goodwin
Category: Literary
Release Date: July 2015

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-908600-47-9
Pages: 342
Price: £9.99

Format: eBook (MOBI & ePUB)
ISBN: 978-1-908600-48-6
Price: £3.49


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Sugar and Snails is a brave and bold emotional roller-coaster of a read. Anne Goodwin’s prose is at once sensitive, invigorating and inspired. I was hooked from the start and in bits by the end. Very much to be recommended.

Rebecca Root, actor and voice teacher

An absorbing, clever and heartening debut novel.

Alison Moore, author of Booker-shortlisted The Lighthouse

I loved this book. Sugar and Snails is beautifully written and a truly impressive debut by Anne Goodwin. It reminded me a little of Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs.  A beautiful and gripping read.

Fleur Smithwick, author of How to make a Friend

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