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Author: Kirsty Capes

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: Orion

ISBN: 9781398713048

RRP: $49.99


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*Don’t miss the searing, dazzling and unforgettable new novel from the Women’s Prize longlisted author of CARELESS – pre-order now!*

‘Every word has the touch of a genius’ BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH

‘A pin-sharp, propulsive story’ KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE

‘Bold, brilliant, shocking and shattering’ CHRIS WHITAKER

Everyone has heard of Girls.

But what happened to the women they became?

At the time of her death, the press wrote many things about Ingrid Olssen:

She was a brilliant artist. She was a terrible mother to her girls, Mattie and Nora. And that her legacy would live on forever.

Even so, it’s unlikely the world will ever see another Ingrid Olssen exhibition – her last request to her daughters was to throw her ashes in the canyon and her paintings in the sea.

But as Mattie and Nora reluctantly embark on an all-or-nothing trip to fulfil her wishes, they start to unpick the painful scars of their past.

And soon they begin to realise that the ties that bound them, might also break them…

Perfect for fans of Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason and Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. GIRLS is as devastating as it is hilarious, as tender and moving as it is shocking – this is a book that will stay with you long after you have turned the final pages.


‘I knew I’d love GIRLS and I did, but I’m also utterly devastated by it. What a beautiful, rich, expansive novel. It’ll be a while before I stop crying. Thank you a million times over’ JENNIE GODFREY

‘I can’t think when I last encountered a story world of this depth and faultless plausibility. Everything about it was perfect: intricate; warm; uncluttered. Blimey, I wish I’d written itANSTEY HARRIS

‘An extraordinary writer of lives rarely written about […] in words that are wise, warm, painful and often witty’ DALJIT NAGRA

Phenomenal. I loved it.’ KATE SAWYER

Surprising, heart-breaking and dryly funny, Kirsty Capes is such an exciting talent.’ CAROLINE HULSE

‘GIRLS puts a lens to the awful things sisters do to one another and the absolute life-changing necessity of a sister’s forgiveness.’ ABIGAIL BERGSTROM

Ambitious in form and scope, it covers childhood trauma, art and celebrity culture, the unfathomable bond between sisters, and much more’ ELISSA SOAVE

Unmissable, bold and moving. This is Capes’ best novel yet.’ SARA JAFARI


Kirsty Capes works in marketing and lives in Slough with her golden retriever, Doug. She holds a PhD from Brunel University London; her thesis investigates representations of the care experience in contemporary British fiction. Her first novel, Careless, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2022. Girls is her third novel.

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