The Booker-longlisted author of The Water Cure Sophie Mackintosh returns with Blue Ticket, a powerful work of speculative fiction which imagines all women being entered into a lottery system: a white ticket grants you children, a blue ticket grants you freedom – with no choice to change or return. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, the award-winning author of Kintu presents The First Woman, a Uganda-set story of a young girl discovering what it means to be a woman within a family, community and country determined to silence her. Together with Sam Baker they discuss their richly imagined works and shared themes of feminism, motherhood, fate and free will.


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The First Woman Blue Ticket