Private Rites

Private Rites: Signed Edition

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 11/06/2024
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Published 11/06/2024
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Private Rites
Harrowingly beautiful
Private Rites is the climate disaster novel I never knew I needed! Julia Armfield has taken all the tension and uneasy dread from Our Wives Under The Sea a... READ MORE
Victoria at Aviemore
Private Rites
Flawlessly written dystopia with a sinister twist
"How, she wondered, is one supposed to grieve an absence when that absence is familiar? What, she wondered, was grief without a clear departure to regret."... READ MORE
Private Rites
Grief and the end of the world
This is an incredible novel. Unsettling and sad, but with a twist of wit, this follows three sisters as they process the complex grief of their father's... READ MORE
Helen at Scarborough


The bestselling author of Our Wives Under the Sea returns with a stunning, unsettling novel following three sisters navigating queer love and faith at the end of the world.

It's been raining for a long time now, for so long that the lands have reshaped themselves and the cities have retreated to higher storeys. Old places have been lost. Arcane rituals and religions have crept back into practice.

Sisters Isla, Irene and Agnes have not spoken in some time when their estranged father dies. A famous architect revered for making the new world navigable, he had long cut himself off from public life. They find themselves uncertain of how to grieve his passing when everything around them seems to be ending anyway.

As the sisters come together to clear the grand glass house that is the pinnacle of his legacy, they begin to sense that the magnetic influence of their father lives on through it. Soon it becomes clear that others have also taken an interest in both his estate and in them, and that perhaps their inheritance may not be theirs alone.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008708931
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Weight: 270g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 16 mm

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Private Rites
They were not kidding when they said this was unsettling!
They were not kidding when they said this was unsettling, reading this during 4 days of no water was an experience. Julia Armfield has a beautiful way ... READ MORE
Sydney K
Private Rites
Haunting and beautiful
I previously read Our Wives Under the Sea and found it both gripping and unsettling in a way that made it stay with me to this day. Although Private Rites ... READ MORE