'Martine McDonagh writes with a cool, clear confidence about a world brought to its knees. Her protagonist, a woman living alone but battling on into the future, is utterly believable, as are her observations of the sodden landscape she finds herself inhabiting. This book certainly got under my skin - if you like your books dark and more than a little disturbing this is one for you.' --MICK JACKSON
'It paints an all-too-convincing picture of life in the rural Midlands in the middle of this century - cold and stormy, with most modern conveniences long-since gone, and with small, mainly self-sufficient, communities struggling to maintain a degree of social order. It is very atmospheric and certainly leaves an indelible imprint on the psyche.' --BBC RADIO 4 OPEN BOOK
'Chillingly believable...Sinister, scary and utterly compelling, it is hard to believe that this strong, confident writing comes from a debut novelist. Read it if you dare.' --RED MAGAZINE
'An exquisitely crafted debut novel set in a post-apocalyptic landscape...I'm rationing myself to five pages per day in order to make it last.' --GUARDIAN UNLIMITED
Dehumanized and primitive, the world according to this book is material for blurry nightmares, an insidious scary film or accurate lessons in futurology. Martine McDonagh has worked in the rock industry for a long time and her writing still works to this tempo, to these dynamics - physical, sensual and nerve-wracking.
--JEAN-DANIEL BEAUVALLET, Les Inrockuptibles
About the Author
Martine McDonagh has published short fiction in The Brighton Book and The Brighton Illustrated Moment. In 2010 she was awarded an Arts Council England Grant for the Arts. She also works as an artist manager in the music industry. I have waited, and you have come is her first novel.