Redder Days by Sue Rainsford: a unique new voice in Irish writing

Book review: dystopian novel examines the best and worst of our human instincts

Redder Days is Sue Rainsford’s  second novel, following her much-praised 2018 debut, Follow Me To Ground.  Photograph: Ali Rainsford

Redder Days is Sue Rainsford’s second novel, following her much-praised 2018 debut, Follow Me To Ground. Photograph: Ali Rainsford

Reading dystopian fiction during a pandemic feels a bit masochistic. I admit my heart sank a little at the prospect of Redder Days, which is set in a world wracked by climate change and a mysterious contagion. It is huge testament, therefore, to the talents of the young Irish author Sue Rainsford that I was drawn in and completely gripped by this dark, mysterious tale.

Rainsford is a unique new voice in Irish writing. She stands apart from her millennial peers – her novels are a million miles away from You Know Who – and that is precisely what makes her so interesting.

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