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little scratch

little scratch

ISBN
9780571356584
Published
14/01/2021
9780571356584
Format
Paperback
Price
£12.99
Paperback
224

About the Book

**Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2021**

**An Observer 10 Best Debut Novelists of 2021**


'A
n extremely perceptive depiction of power and agency.' Guardian
'Startlingly original.' VOGUE
'Extraordinary.' New Yorker

little scratch
tells the story of a day in the life of an unnamed woman, living in a lower-case world of demarcated fridge shelves and office politics; clock-watching and WhatsApp notifications. In a voice that is fiercely wry, touchingly delicate and increasingly neurotic, the protagonist relays what it takes to get through the quotidian detail of that single trajectory – from morning to night – while processing recent sexual violence.

little scratch is about the coexistence of monotony with our waking, intelligent lives. It is a powerful evocation of how the external and internal aspects of our lives exist in a helix, and what it means to live out the course of a single day consumed by trauma.

'Wry, funny and heartbreaking.' Sophie Mackintosh
'little scratch is a story that is urgent. It is a story that needs to be told.' Meena Kandasamy
'Reads like the cinders settling in the air after an explosion... daring and completely readable.' Colin Barrett
'little scratch is a little miracle... impossible to read it and not wish there were more books like it.' Alan Trotter
'Confident and vital... little scratch is an absolute gift.' Naoise Dolan


www.rebeccawatson.co.uk

**Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2021****An Observer 10 Best Debut Novelists of 2021**'An extremely perceptive depiction of power and agency.' Guardian'Startlingly original.' VOGUE'Extraordinary.' New Yorkerlittle scratch tells the story of a day in the life of an unnamed woman, living in a lower-case world of demarcated fridge shelves and office politics; clock-watching and WhatsApp notifications. In a voice that is fiercely wry, touchingly delicate and increasingly neurotic, the protagonist relays what it takes to get through the quotidian detail of that single trajectory – from morning to night – while processing recent sexual violence.little scratch is about the coexistence of monotony with our waking, intelligent lives. It is a powerful evocation of how the external and internal aspects of our lives exist in a helix, and what it means to live out the course of a single day consumed by trauma.'Wry, funny and heartbreaking.' Sophie Mackintosh'little scratch is a story that is urgent. It is a story that needs to be told.' Meena Kandasamy'Reads like the cinders settling in the air after an explosion... daring and completely readable.' Colin Barrett'little scratch is a little miracle... impossible to read it and not wish there were more books like it.' Alan Trotter'Confident and vital... little scratch is an absolute gift.' Naoise Dolanwww.rebeccawatson.co.uk
  • Rebecca Watson

    Rebecca Watson is Assistant Arts Editor at the Financial Times. Her work has been published in the Times Literary Supplement and Granta. In 2018, she was shortlisted for the White Review Short Story Prize.

    Photo Credit: Sophie Davidson

“What is striking about little scratch is Watson’s ability to connect her character’s inner monologue with her physical existence; she is never less than fully embodied... little scratch is an extremely perceptive depiction of power and agency.”
- Alex Clark, Guardian
“Astonishing... the rhythm is engaging and the voice instantly recognisable . . . There is power in the narrator’s vulnerability, in her multitudes colliding, in the casual digressions, in the joy she finds through simple things — mint tea, cycling home in the dark, chips dipped in gravy, having sex. Much like Michaela Coel’s TV drama I May Destroy You, this novel’s climax comes through the narrator’s own acknowledgment of her terrible trauma and what it means, rather than through neat divulgence or justice-seeking.”
- Zoe Apostolides, Financial Times