Cursed Bread: an Evening with Sophie Mackintosh

Audacious and mesmerising, CURSED BREAD is a tale of a town gripped by madness, envy like poison in the blood, and desire that burns and consumes.

We at Store 104 are delighted to host an evening with Sophie Mackintosh: Booker Prize-nominated author of THE WATER CURE

The event will consist of a reading from the novel, followed by a conversation between Sophie and Thomas McMullan (Betty Trask award winning author of The Last Good Man), followed lastly by an audience discussion and Q&A. 

The event will take place here at Store 104, on Thursday 9th March 2023, 7pm.

Tickets for the event will cost £15 and include a hardback copy of the book (which retails at £16.99). We're offering couples tickets which are £20 which includes admission to the event for two people and one copy of the book.







CURSED BREAD floored me in its first page and didn’t let up for the rest of its strange, hot, festering journey. It always feels like a true privilege to be allowed time with Sophie Mackintosh’s brilliant mind and her third novel just confirms that she is only getting better and weirder and wilder. A knockout. - Megan Nolan, author of ACTS OF DESPERATION

Sensual, luminous, transcendent... This tale of obsession, desire and betrayal has a timeless, dreamlike quality. It confirms Mackintosh as one of our finest young writers. - THE BOOKERSELLER, Editor's Choice

Everything Sophie Mackintosh is so febrile and tactile, when you read her books you feel as if you live in them. The world felt so eerie after finishing CURSED BREAD. I didn't feel quite the same as I was before, but in the best way. - Annie Lord, author of NOTES ON HEARTBREAK

Elodie is the baker's wife. Plain, unremarkable, ignored, she burns with a secret hunger to be extraordinary. One day a charismatic new couple appear in town and Elodie quickly falls under their spell. All summer long she stalks them through the shining streets: inviting herself into their home, listening to their coded conversations, longing to possess them. Meanwhile, beneath the tranquil surface of daily life, strange things are happening. Six horses are found dead in a sun-drenched field. Widows see their husbands walking spectral up the moonlit river. A teenage boy throws himself into the bonfire at the midsummer feast. A dark intoxication is spreading through the town, and when Elodie finally understands her role in it, it will be too late to stop.

About Sophie Mackintosh: 

Sophie Mackintosh is the author of two previous novels, THE WATER CURE and BLUE TICKET. Her first novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 and won a Betty Trask Award 2019. She has also won the White Review Short Story Prize and the Virago/Stylist Short Story Competition, and has been published in Granta, The White Review and TANK magazine among others.

About Thomas McMullan: 

Thomas McMullan is a writer and artist. His debut novel, THE LAST GOOD MAN (Bloomsbury) won the 2021 Betty Trask Prize. His short fiction and poetry have been published in 3:AM Magazine, Lighthouse and Best British Short Stories, and his journalistic work has appeared in publications including the Guardian, The Observer, Times Literary Supplement, Frieze and BBC News. He has also worked with theatre companies and games studios in London, Amsterdam and Los Angeles, including Roll7, Punchdrunk and The Chinese Room.

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