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Inspired Quill
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.62 inches | 0.67 pounds

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About the Author
Anne Goodwin's drive to understand what makes people tick led to a career in clinical psychology. That same curiosity now powers her fiction.Anne writes about the darkness that haunts her and is wary of artificial light. She makes stuff up to tell the truth about adversity, creating characters to care about and stories to make you think. She explores identity, mental health and social justice with compassion, humour and hope. An award-winning short-story writer, she has published three novels and a short story collection with small independent press, Inspired Quill. Her debut novel, Sugar and Snails, was shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize. Lyrics for the Loved Ones is her fourth novel.Away from her desk, Anne guides book-loving walkers through the Derbyshire landscape that inspired Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.

Praise for Underneath

A dark and disturbing tale of a man who appears ordinary on the surface, but is deeply damaged. Clever and chilling; [Underneath] is a story that will stay with you long after you've finished reading.

- Sanjida Kay, author of Bone by Bone

[Underneath] is a compelling, insightful and brave novel of doomed, twisted romance driven by a sustained and unsettling voice.

- Ashley Stokes, author of The Syllabus of Errors

Praise for Sugar & Snails

This secret tantalisingly grips the reader, gradually being pieced together bit by bit, so intrinsically and poignantly mapped out that I truly cannot praise this novel highly enough.

- Isabelle on The Contemporary Small Press

Fiction delivered by a writer who knows not only how to craft her words but also what those words should be communicating.

- Dr Suzanne Conboy-Hill in The Psychologist

An absorbing, clever and heartening debut novel.

- Alison Moore, author of Booker-shortlisted The Lighthouse

A probing debut novel and, like its protagonist, not what it first seems.

- Gavin Weston, author of Harmattan

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. The character of Di, at first frustrating, grows more endearing as you begin to understand her. Her friend Venus and lover Simon are well-drawn; there as foils to Di's story. A beautiful and gripping read.

- Fleur Smithwick, author of How to make a Friend

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 and voice teacher

A very moving portrayal of how paralyzing the shame of one's identity can lead to lifelong isolation and secrecy. A gripping, compelling and moving read.

- Dr. Victoria Holt, Consultant Psychiatrist