The Night Alphabet

The Night Alphabet

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 15/02/2024
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The Night Alphabet
Dazzling and unique speculative fiction
This book is truly unique, I can say wholeheartedly that it’s unlike anything I’ve ever encountered before. Without giving away too much of the story, Th... READ MORE
Tilly at Croydon
The Night Alphabet
This is an entirely original, poetic, disturbing novel. It's unforgettable, but I wouldn't know where to begin to describe it, so I'll just say this : r... READ MORE
Helen at Scarborough
The Night Alphabet
One of the best books I’ve ever read.
A novel made of short stories that reads almost like an epic poem, this is an illuminating book about women, women’s lives, women’s deaths, women’s experie... READ MORE


The tattoo was a reclamation, a flag we mounted in the centre of our own landscape. A woman walks into a tattoo parlour. But this is no ordinary woman, and this is Hackney in 2233. Jones' body is covered in tattoos but she wants to add one final inking to her gallery - a thin line of ink mixed with blood that connects her body art together, creating a unique map. As the two artists set to work, Jones tells them the story behind each tattoo. As Jones is no ordinary woman, these are no ordinary stories: each one represents a doorway to a life Jones fell into, a 'remembering'. Some of these lives were in the past, others in the future, some are sideways, but each of them connects Jones to the two tattoo artists in some way, though they are unaware of it. We visit the dystopian cities of the Quiet Men, the coal mines of 19th century Lancashire, join a gang of vigilante sex workers, enter the world of an incel murderer, haunt the old Maryville gay bar, and uncover plans to genetically modify female children. Each of the stories brings us closer to Jones' truth, and how her life is intricately interwoven with that of the women tattooing her body. Set across geographies and timespans, The Night Alphabet is a dazzlingly bold and original work, a deep investigation into human nature and violence against women.

  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529430936
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 658g
  • Dimensions: 145 x 231 x 41 mm

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The Night Alphabet
My Book of the Year!
If you fancy something highly original, with exquisitely beautiful writing (that you want to print out and frame!), then you need 'The Night Alphabet'. I h... READ MORE
Sarah Faichney
The Night Alphabet
A Lyrical and Painful Exploration
The Night Alphabet is a lyrical and painful exploration into the life of our main character, Jones. Unlike anything else I’ve ever read, Jones’ story is to... READ MORE
Lanelle Jansen van Vuuren
The Night Alphabet
Simply stunning!
I don’t think I have the words to do this book justice. Stories told and time travelled by a story of tattoos; all emotions raw and touching. Exceptionally... READ MORE
Tracey Lake
The Night Alphabet
Extraordinarily ambitious but a challenging read.
This is a truly extraordinary book that is beyond classification. It could be a drug-induced memoir or speculative fiction or fantasy of the future. Its ... READ MORE
The Night Alphabet
Thank you to the publishers for this review copy. This book is going to be a one that is tricky for me to review. I thought the writing was excellent and ... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp