“Deep, accomplished and often thought-provoking” – First Reviews for Asylum Road by Olivia Sudjic

We are delighted to see many excellent reviews for Olivia Sudjic’s new novel Asylum Road ahead of publication next week.

The Daily Mail praised it as a “deep, accomplished and often thought-provoking” novel, saying they “adored this beautifully written, powerful exploration of how past trauma is never far from the surface, however deeply one tries to stifle it”. The Spectator called it a “smart and sensitively layered story… full of raw emotion and visceral description.” They added: “This is a book about the gaps in our collective experience, and the tension that fills them. It’s about memory and identity and things left unsaid.”

The Observer compared the novel to works by Deborah Levy and Rachel Cusk, whilst the Independent called it “assured and deft”. Alice O’Keefe chose it as a January Editor’s Choice, calling it: “A beautifully written and deeply unsettling exploration of trauma and a young woman on the edge.”

The Financial Times commented: “This early part of the year is a fertile time for several millennial writers who have already established themselves as names to watch. Olivia Sudjic’s new novel Asylum Road follows her success with 2017’s Sympathy.”

It was also reviewed in Esquire, who said: “Through Sudjic’s arresting prose we are led carefully along until you can’t believe your eyes at the sudden, and truly jaw-dropping, final paragraph.” The Economist agreed on the novel’s ending, calling it “haunted and haunting” and observing: “As Anya moves to the Asylum Road of the title, Ms Sudjic coolly executes a climax as treacherous and unexpected as a hairpin bend.”

The novel was chosen as a book to look forward to in 2021 by the Observer, Financial Times, Independent, Elle, Grazia, Esquire, Stylist, Evening Standard and the Bookseller.

Asylum Road will be published by Bloomsbury in the UK on the 21st January 2021.