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Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies - Maddie Mortimer

Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies - Maddie Mortimer

Winner of the 2022 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction and longlisted for this year’s Booker Prize.

This is book № 1294 of an Independent Bookshop limited edition of 1,500 copies.

IMPORTANT: this is a ‘B’ grade book – please read about its Overall Condition on the Book Data tab.

Title: Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies

Author:  Maddie Mortimer

ISBN:  9781529069365

Weight:  898 g

Signed Independent Bookshop limited edition (first edition, first printing)



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Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer

Longlisted for the 2022 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut novels

Today I might trace the rungs of her larynx or tap at her trachea like the bones of a xylophone. . .

Something gleeful and malevolent is moving in Lia’s body, learning her life from the inside out.  A shape-shifter.  A disaster tourist.  It’s travelling down the banks of her canals.  It’s spreading.

When a sudden diagnosis upends Lia’s world, the boundaries between her past and her present begin to collapse.  Deeply buried secrets stir awake.  As the voice prowling in Lia takes hold of her story, and the landscape around becomes indistinguishable from the one within, Lia and her family are faced with some of the hardest questions of all: how can we move on from the events that have shaped us, when our bodies harbour everything?  And what does it mean to die with grace, when you’re simply not ready to let go?

Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies is a story of coming-of-age at the end of a life.  Utterly heart-breaking yet darkly funny, Maddie Mortimer’s astonishing debut is a symphonic journey through one woman’s body: a wild and lyrical celebration of desire, forgiveness, and the darkness within us all.

Peer & Press Reviews

Both expansive and intimate, Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies is an intricate portrait of a life hurtling towards the inevitable.  An extraordinary debut.

Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies

Technically dazzling… Mortimer has the same felicity with language as Jon McGregor, combining an incantatory prose style with imagery so acute it almost burns.

Daily Mail

Wildly inventive, poetic and poignant, this is a rare gem of a novel that took my imagination to new places and touched my heart.

Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters

Bibliographic Info

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Title Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies
Book Features
Edition / printing Independent bookshop exclusive first edition, first printing
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The Picador imprint of Pan Macmillan issued this signed and numbered limited edition of 1,500 copies.

Each book has a signature page, tipped-in before the title page, which displays the book’s printed number.  Also printed on this page is the title and the phrase ‘Independent Bookshop Limited Edition Signed by the author’.

To confirm the books come from an exclusive release, LIMITED EDITION is also printed on their jackets (see image).

Book number 1294 [of 1.500]
Overall condition

Fine / Near Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)

The book is in fine condition.  However, the inside back flap of the jacket has a 178mm pronounced crease line running from part way along its bottom edge up to its inner vertical edge at an angle of about 45°.  Apart from this crease, the jacket is, like the book, also towards the top end of fine.

Note, the crease is only visible when the back cover is opened.  Otherwise, the exterior of the book (front panel, fore edge, back panel, spine tail and head edges) looks good from all angles and would grace any shelf.

We’ve priced the book to allow for this fault.  Even so, our usual guarantee applies – open the box carefully and if you’re not happy with the book return it to us for a full refund.  In this case though, as we’ve described the fault, you would need to pay the return postage.

Signed On the tipped in signature / number page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Booker Prize 2022 – longlist

Desmond Elliott Prize 2022 – winner

Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781529069365
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 433
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 144 x 41mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Ben Mankin
Design Holly Ovenden
Endpaper image PansLaos / Getty Images
Jacket illustration Holly Ovenden

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