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Mrs Death Misses Death (MP3)
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Mrs Death Misses Death (MP3)
Written by:
Salena Godden 
Read by:
Salena Godden 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
5 hours 58 minutes 
MP3 size:
275 MB 
January 28 2021 
Available Date:
January 28 2021 
Age Category:
Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; General Fiction; Literary Fiction 
Bolinda/Canongate audio 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 39.95
AUD$ 39.95

UK Bestselling author
Debut novel
UK Author

' "This book contains traces of ghosts." What a wonderfully evocative thought. And this audiobook is full of them. Irish-Jamaican poet, activist, memoirist, and broadcaster Salena Godden narrates her short prose and poetry with straight-up intensity and pulsing rhythm. Weaving childhood memories of a devastating apartment fire with Neil-Gaiman-like fantasy and dark Grimm's fairy-tale imagery of towers, wolves, and witches, Godden approaches the subject of death from seemingly every possible angle. With her alluring mix of lilting Irish and sweet Jamaican accents, Godden praises, berates, cajoles, and harangues her ever-changing character Mrs. Death, who is sometimes an "old, homeless beggar woman with knotty, natty hair" and sometimes a medieval time traveler with inexhaustible vocal energy.'

Mrs Death tells her intoxicating story in this life-affirming fire-starter of an audiobook.

Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job and now she seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. Wolf Willeford, a troubled young writer, is well acquainted with death, but until now hadn’t met Death in person – a black, working-class woman who shape-shifts and does her work unseen. Enthralled by her stories, Wolf becomes Mrs Death’s scribe and begins to write her memoirs. Using their desk as a vessel and conduit, Wolf travels across time and place with Mrs Death to witness deaths of past and present and discuss what the future holds for humanity. As the two reflect on the losses they have experienced – or, in the case of Mrs Death, facilitated – their friendship grows into a surprising affirmation of hope, resilience and love. All the while, despite her world-weariness, Death must continue to hold humans’ fates in her hands, appearing in our lives when we least expect her ...

'Exquisite. A daring, poetic offering that establishes Godden as one of our most exciting voices. I loved it.'
Irenosen Okojie, award-winning author of Butterfly Fish

'Salena Godden's debut novel is timeless, brave and beautiful.'
John Higgs, author of I Have America Surrounded