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The high house
Jessie Greengrass
Swift Press
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'Brave, important and exquisitely written' Sigrid Nunez

Guardian, Independentand New Statesmanmost anticipated novels of 2021

Crisis slid from distant threat to imminent probability and we tuned it out like static

Francesca is Caro's stepmother, and Pauly's mother. A scientist, she can see what is going to happen.

The high house was once her holiday home; now looked after by locals Grandy and Sally, she has turned it into an ark, for when the time comes. The mill powers the generator; the orchard is carefully pruned; the greenhouse has all its glass intact. Almost a family, but not quite, they plant, store seed, and watch the weather carefully.

A stunning novel of the extraordinary and the everyday, The High Houseexplores how we get used to change that once seemed unthinkable, how we place the needs of our families against the needs of others - and it asks us who, if we had to, we would save.

Praise for Jessie Greengrass:

'Her work is precise, properly moving, quirky and heartfelt' AL Kennedy

'An extremely thoughtful and meticulous writer'Sunday Times

'She has a Mantel-esque way with metaphor, in which clarity of the image illuminates plot and theme'Daily Telegraph

'A writer who clearly has considerable gifts'Financial Times

'A distinctive new voice in fiction'Independent


'Remarkable and affecting'Literary Review

'A slow-burning, beautifully written debut'Irish Times

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Jessie Greengrass spent her childhood in London and Devon. She studied philosophy in Cambridge and London and now lives in Berwick-upon-Tweed with her partner and children.

Her collection of short stories, An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It, won the Edge Hill Prize 2016 and a Somerset Maugham Award. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Sight, was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018.

'This book is completely beautiful'
Daisy Johnson

'A master observer of inter-human atmosphere'
Max Porter

'This brave, important and exquisitely written novel is a frightening one. But even the darkest times are lit by moments of beauty and grace, and the reader is uplifted by Greengrass's conviction that salvation lies not in competing with one another to survive but in uniting to help those we love'

Sigrid Nunez

Profoundly moving, this is an incisive yet hopeful reflection on how to move forward together'
Julianne Pachico

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