Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn


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Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn

When Alina’s brother-in-law defects to the West, she and her husband become persons of interest to the secret services, causing both of their careers to come grinding to a halt.

As the strain takes its toll on their marriage, Alina turns to her aunt for help – the wife of a communist leader and a secret practitioner of the old folk ways.

Set in 1970s communist Romania, Sophie van Llewyn’s novella-in-flash draws upon magic realism to weave a tale of everyday troubles, that can’t be put down.

Publication date: 11 July 2018


Need a little taster? Read Sophie van Llewyn’s flashes Of Gifts of Unknown Provenance and The Saturday When Everything Changed from Bottled Goods.


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Sophie van Llewyn’s stunning debut novella shows us there is no dystopian fiction as frightening as that which draws on history.‘ – Christina Dalcher, author of VOX

‘A story to savour, to smile at, to rage against and to weep over.’ – Zoe Gilbert, author of Folk

This is an impressive debut in the tradition of Eastern European Absurdist fiction.‘ – Jude Higgins, Bath Flash Fiction Award organiser

Sophie van Llewyn has brought light into an era which cast a long shadow.’ – Joanna Campbell, author of When Planets Slip Their Tracks

The uncertainties of life and love, and the insatiable quest for freedom – bottled neatly in a set of stories that captivate and enchant.‘ – Michelle Elvy, coordinator of New Zealand’s Flash Fiction Day and Bath Flash Fiction Award judge

A tour de force, a harrowing and ultimately triumphant story, a must-read by a masterful writer.‘ – Christopher Allen, author of Other Household Toxins

‘A masterful blend of the political and the personal, the magical and the mundane, the historical and the hyperbolic.’ – Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Editor-in-Chief, FlashBack Fiction

‘A dizzying, daring window on life in Ceausescu’s Romania.’ – Stephanie Hutton, author of Three Sisters of Stone

‘A lucid and powerfully affecting story.’ – Helen Rye, winner of the Bath Flash Fiction Award