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About the Author

Layla Martínez (Madrid, 1987) is the author of two nonfiction books in Spanish, Surrogate Pregnancy (Pepitas de calabaza, 2019) and Utopia is not an Island (Episkaia, 2020), as well as stories and articles in numerous anthologies. She has translated essays and novels, writes about music for El Salto, and about television for La Última Hora. Since 2014 she has co-directed the independent publisher Antipersona. Woodworm is her first novel.

Sophie Hughes is a British literary translator who primarily translates from Spanish to English. She has translated more than a dozen books, including the works of José Revueltas and Enrique Vila-Matas for New Directions. She was shortlisted for the 2019 and 2020 International Booker Prize.
Annie McDermott is a translator working from Spanish and Portuguese. Her published and forthcoming translations include Empty Words and The Luminous Novel by Mario Levrero, Dead Girls and Brickmakers by Selva Almada, Feebleminded by Ariana Harwicz (co-translation with Carolina Orloff), and Loop by Brenda Lozano. She also reviews books for the Times Literary Supplement. She has previously lived in Mexico City and São Paulo, Brazil, and now lives by the sea in Hastings, UK.
"A house of women and shadows, built from poetry and revenge. Layla Martínez' tense, chilling novel tells a story of specters, class war, violence, and loneliness, as naturally as if the witches had dictated this lucid, terrible nightmare to Martínez themselves."
--Mariana Enriquez, author of Our Share of Night

"If you're in the mood to read a story about a haunted house that will make your skin crawl, then I cannot recommend Woodworm by Layla Martínez enough. This book has everything, from witches to saints to angels that look like praying mantises to some of the most unsettling portrayals of ghosts that I've come across in a long time."

"Martinez's debut novel takes cabin fever to the max in this story of a grandmother, granddaughter, and their haunted house, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. As the story unfolds, so do the house's secrets, the two women must learn to collaborate with the malevolent spirits living among them."
--The Millions

"Martinez debuts with a sophisticated ghost story about a former nanny suspected of involvement in a child's disappearance...breathes new life into the classic haunted house motif through her vivid exploration of generational trauma, violence, misogyny, and class. Readers won't soon forget this striking tale."
--Publishers Weekly

"Spanish author Martínez's fiction debut, succinctly co-translated by award-winning Hughes and McDermott, draws on her maternal grandmother's stories of surviving Franco's Spanish Civil War. Here, Martínez deftly alchemizes male entitlement, class privilege, and casual violence into damnable attributes."

"Martínez's prose is fairly straightforward with a menacing snarl....There are interesting dynamics simmering underneath, not least the palpable sense of inherited trauma and the oppressive nature of inequality....A ghost story buried in a family closet laden with skeletons and sins."
--Kirkus Reviews

"It pounces on us from the first line and doesn't let go until the last, if it lets go. The Gothic revival continues to expand and produce great works."
--Edmundo Paz Soldán, author of Norte

"Woodworm is a true literary event."
--Belén Gopegui, author of Stay This Day and Night with Me

"This book is the revenge of an intergenerational would, the embrace of barbarity, the loss of morels when trying to protect your loved ones. This book is the miserable and the wretched saying 'enough is enough.'"
--Alana S. Portero, author of Bad Habit