Mrs Death is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job and now she seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. Wolf Willeford, a troubled young writer, is well acquainted with death, but until now hadn’t met Death in person – a black, working-class woman who shape-shifts and does her work unseen.
Salena Godden is one of Britain’s best loved poets and performers. She has published several volumes of poetry. Mrs Death Misses Death is her debut novel and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. In November 2020 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
This is not light-hearted stuff, yet Godden has produced a miraculously light-hearted novel . . . an elegant, occasionally uproarious, danse macabre – Guardian
Dark at times – with compelling stories about miscarriages of justice, murder and oppression – it is nonetheless celebratory and life-affirming, aglow with love, fortitude and compassion – Daily Mail
Where her prose is often frank and conversational, her poetry is sparse and raw . . . Mrs Death Misses Death is both a balm to a bad year and a reassuring accompaniment to a new one – Irish Times
Highly original . . . This lyrical tale asks potent questions about class, race, gender while examining society’s fraught and often complex relationship with mortality – Cosmopolitan
A profoundly hopeful book, full of inspiring feats of imagination . . . all the while making sharp observations about gender, race, happiness – Harper’s Bazaar
This book will surely raise some tears and leave you drained in places but then convinced to grab life and love in all its forms – NB magazine