Sugar and Snails


Shortlisted for the 2016 Polari Prize.

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

342 pages (84,500 words)

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At fifteen, she made a life-changing decision. Thirty years on, it’s time to make another.

When Diana escaped her misfit childhood, she thought she’d chosen the easier path. But the past lingers on, etched beneath her skin, and life won’t be worth living if her secret gets out.

As an adult, she’s kept other people at a distance… until Simon sweeps in on a cloud of promise and possibility. But his work is taking him to Cairo, the city that transformed her life. She’ll lose Simon if she doesn’t join him. She’ll lose herself if she does.

Sugar and Snails describes Diana’s unusual journey, revealing the scars from her fight to be true to herself. A triumphant mid-life coming-of-age story about bridging the gap between who we are and who we feel we ought to be.

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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
RRP: £9.99 / 12.99€ / $14.99

Format: eBook (MOBI & ePUB)
ISBN: 978-1-908600-48-6
RRP: £3.49 / 3.99€ / $3.99


Interested in reviewing Sugar and Snails (or one of our other titles?) Check out our Book Reviewers Page!

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 in the Queen’s Gambit

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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