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
Helen Mort is an award-winning author based in Sheffield. She has published two poetry collections (Division Street, 2013 and No Map Could Show Them, 2016), a debut novel (Black Car Burning, 2019), a short story collection (Exire, Wrecking Ball Press, 2019) and also writes drama and creative non fiction. She has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Costa Prize and won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize in 2015.