The Anthill

Julianne Pachico

The propulsive debut novel from one of the most innovative young fiction writers today – a searing and affecting depiction of what redemption can be for a person and for a country in the wake of trauma.

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‘A brilliant, feverishly imaginative novel.’ Sharlene Teo
‘Seriously impressive.’ Claire Adam
‘A vibrantly intelligent work.’ Sergio de la Pava
Kelly Link

Lina returns to Colombia after twenty years away. Sent to England after her mother’s death when she was eight, she’s searching for the person who can tell her what’s happened in the time that has passed. Matty – Lina’s childhood confidant, her best friend – now runs a refuge called The Anthill for the street kids of MedellĂ­n. But her long-anticipated reunion with him is struck by tension. Memory is fallible, and Lina discovers that everyone has a version of the past that is very, very different.

‘International in scope, profoundly human in its concerns, it feels like just the kind of novel we need in unsettling times.’
Laird Hunt


Julianne Pachico was born in 1985 in Cambridge, ­England. She grew up in Cali, Colombia, and has lived and worked abroad in various places, including Ecuador, Mexico and Indonesia. She is currently completing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. In 2015 she was long­listed for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and had two stories anthologized…

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