‘Terrific. A story that’s intriguing, puzzling and entirely gripping.’ – Philip Pullman
‘Original and gripping, this novel stands out from the crowd. I’m sure Sophie Coulombeau is destined to become a literary star of the future.’ – Sophie Hannah
‘Rites is a powerful read that has you questioning the wisdom of any adult and the innocence of any child. The story Coulombeau tells is an everyman tale of desire, friendship and betrayal. Behind it is a mind that takes nothing at face value: not love, not desire and not the violence that we are capable of doing to one another.’ – Fiona Shaw
Winner of the Next Great Novelist Award 2012
Sophie Coulombeau’s novel Rites will be launched on Saturday 16 June at Waterstones in York. Invitations will be going out shortly. We are aware that not everyone who wants to come will be able to make it on the night, so for a limited period of time we are making signed first-editions available to order direct from our website. Any books ordered in advance will be despatched from our office two days after the launch on Monday 18 June, which is one week before the official release date.