One of our most anticipated titles for summer 2021, Anna is a powerful and chilling feminist novel set in a near-future dystopia. Exploring the conflicts between selfhood and expectations, safety and control, and the sacrifices we make for the sake of protection, Anna is perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Road.

We are delighted to reveal the stunning cover below.

Cover by Head Design

And as a special treat, we’re sharing an exclusive excerpt from the opening chapter of the book:

It was natural now to wake, listen, check, and listen again, before moving on in silence through the wastelands. When it was light enough to see my breath in the air, I moved from the shadows of the ditch towards the larger, more isolated southern woods. It had been nine hundred and twenty days—or was it twenty-one?—since I made the decision to leave town and wander alone.

Leaning against the trunk of an oak tree, I searched my backpack for something, anything, to eat. Three unlabelled cans, a bag of rice, and two portions of Cheerios. My can opener had broken two nights earlier and there was no clean water for miles. Dry, chewy out-of-date cereal it was. Yummy.

I ate straight from the bag as I continued to move between the trees, carefully avoiding the main track. Resting for periods longer than absolutely necessary was an extravagance that led to trouble in the Unlands; I preferred to not be seen or heard.

So did he.

I didn’t see him until it was too late. He grabbed my jacket and pulled me onto my back, pinning me in one fluid movement. I dropped my breakfast and pack, balling my hands into fists. The cereal lodged in my throat. Spluttering and coughing, my blows faltered as I struggled to breathe. A pitiful wail escaped my mouth; he clapped his hand over it.

Anna by Sammy H.K. Smith will be out in hardback, eBook, and audiobook 25th May 2021.

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