Exire is not a novel. It is not a collection of short stories. It is, instead, both of these things: stories that may stand alone whilst being inextricably tied together. It is Helen Mort’s first foray into the world of fiction beyond poetry.

Exire: Dystopian Britain, the year unspecified. A new website, Exire, offers those who feel disconnected from their lives one last act of choice, packaged as a bespoke service. In this unsettling collection, voices fade in and out, people connected by Exire’s troubling appeal. At the heart of it all is Lorna, a young musician who has made a painful decision. We hear her story in reverse. 

“Addictively sinister.”Mark Haddon

“Helen Mort is among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of young British poets.”Carol Ann Duffy

“Gritty, witty, stylish and totally memorable.” John Glenday

“Mort’s assurance keeps us on edge, but trustful. One could say she doesn’t put a foot wrong.”Peter Scupham