Anne Patterson

Shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize 2018, a heart-warming novel about love, loss and listening. Set in the fictional town of Derryconnor in Co Antrim, where the author grew up, it tells the story of a woman who suffers a stroke at the age of 52, which affects her speech and the only word she can say is ‘Yes’. As she slowly recovers, those who visit her can’t help but fill the silences with their own private thoughts, in the process divulging previously hidden secrets, which in turn leads stroke victim Maureen to re-evaluate her life as she thought she knew it.

Anne Patterson lives in London and works for the NHS, doing most of her writing between nursing shifts.