How Saints Die

Published by Harvill Secker on 13th July 2017

* Selected by Sarah Moss as a Book of the Year 2017 in The Big Issue *

Ten-year-old Ellie Fleck has a story for everything. But there is one tale she can’t tell – why her mother was taken away? When she discovers that her mum is in a psychiatric hospital, Ellie decides to make a story big enough to crawl inside and bring her home, only some fantasies won’t let you go…

How Saints Die is a fairytale with its teeth intact! Set in a small Yorkshire fishing town in the 1980s, it examines adult mental breakdown through the eyes of a child and celebrates the resilience of imagination.