My debut novel, little scratch, is about many things: the aftermath of trauma, the humour in everyday life, the reality of being a young woman.

But it began only with a question: how to write present tense that feels real? I’m fond of this extract because it’s the first passage I wrote, and gave me the answer of how to translate immediacy to the page. I was interested in the moments in time that matter in their liveness: once passed, they’re forgotten. But even if just for a second, the stakes are high.

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Rebecca Watson

The explosive and virtuosic debut novel by one of the most talented young authors to have emerged in recent British fiction.