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  • Published: 29 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241968031
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.99

Hot Milk

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016, a hypnotic tale of female sexuality, power and myth from the author of Swimming Home.


Plunge into this hypnotic tale of female sexuality and power - from the Man Booker shortlisted author of Swimming Home
Two women arrive in a village on the Spanish coast. Rose is suffering from a strange illness andher doctors are mystified. Her daughter Sofia has brought her here to find a cure with the infamous and controversial Dr Gomez - a man of questionable methods and motives. Intoxicated by thick heat and the seductive people who move through it, both women begin to see their lives clearly for the first time in years.
Through the opposing figures of mother and daughter, Deborah Levy explores the strange and monstrous nature of womanhood. Dreamlike and utterly compulsive, Hot Milk is a delirious fairy tale of feminine potency, a story both modern and timeless.

  • Pub date: 29 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241968031
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of numerous books, including the essay 'Things I Don't Want to Know'and the early novels Swallowing Geography and Beautiful Mutants. Her novel Swimming Home was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards and 2013 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize.

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Praise for Hot Milk

“Propulsive, uncanny, dreamlike... A feverish coming-of-age novel”

Daily Telegraph

“Perfectly crafted. So mesmerising that reading it is to be under a spell”

Independent on Sunday

“Hot Milk treads a sweaty, sun-drenched path into the history books. A properly great novel”

Romola Garai

“The contemporary writer I admire most”

Linda Grant

“Hypnotic . . . This novel has a transfixing gaze and a terrible sting that burns long after the final page is turned”


“Gorgeous. What makes the book so good is Levy's great imagination, the poetry of her language, her way of finding the wonder in the everyday. It's a pleasure”

New York Times

“Terrific, sizzling with heat and sexuality . . . You devour it in one sitting”

Radio Times


New Statesman

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