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If we had a real choice

Madeleine Schwartz, 21 January 2021

The Water Cure 
by Sophie Mackintosh.
Penguin, 240 pp., £8.99, April 2019, 978 0 241 98301 0
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Blue Ticket 
by Sophie Mackintosh.
Hamish Hamilton, 304 pp., £12.99, August 2020, 978 0 241 40445 4
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... Does​ Sophie Mackintosh believe we would be better off in a world without men? When her first novel, The Water Cure, came out several months after the height of the #MeToo movement, a number of reviews focused on the idea of ‘toxic masculinity’ made real. On a remote island, or what they think is a remote island, three sisters – Grace, Lia and Sky – have been helping women escape from ‘toxins’ produced by men ...

At the Ponds

Alice Spawls, 12 September 2019

... people that it’s not surprising it becomes a performance for some, a solemn ritual for others. Sophie Mackintosh, whose strange and slippery novel The Water Cure imagines – among other things – the punishments that water can inflict, writes here about ‘forgiveness’ and ‘permission’. Perhaps the Ladies’ Pond would seem less special in ...

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