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Praise for Madame Mephisto – A.M. Bakalar’s Debut Novel

‘The book was fun…Magda makes some great observations about Britain and is pretty scathing about the Polish and their culture.’ 2012 Guardian First Book Award reader nominations

‘Reading and loving Madame Mephisto by A.M. Bakalar. Exceptional book.’ Deon Meyer, bestselling author of Thirteen Hours and Cobra

‘a darkly-comic account of a Polish immigrant’s experiences in London.’ Lucy Popescu, Huffington Post

‘Madame Mephisto shows how both totalitarianism and theocracy oppress women and infantilize men. Bakalar…captures how isolating London can be for newcomers’ Max Liu, The Times Literary Supplement

‘Polish fiction / British Polish fiction…a new line of fiction like windrush’ Winstonsdad’s Blog

‘I found the book more moving and funnier than I expected though I was sometimes irritated by Magda’s destructiveness and slightly alarmed by the author’s detailed knowledge of the cannabis trade…It’s well done though, and the voice comes through strongly, drawing you into Magda’s world.’ A Discount Ticket to Everywhere

‘Bakalar…has a sharp eye for detail, be it the business of smuggling or the tragi-comedy of the migrant experience…a very promising debut novel.’ To Be Read

‘Intriguing read.’ Bibliotheca

‘Impressive debut novel...Madame Mephisto touches on the worlds of international crime, corporate culture, globalization and immigration and deftly manages to explore what has and hasn’t changed in Polish social mores since the end of communism through a vivid portrait of Magda’s family.’ Literalab

‘Magda is a sum of all Polish grievances and frustrations and an interesting study on self-destruction.’ Book Snob

‘A very powerful account of the liberating and sometimes bitter experience of living abroad.’ CaféBabelBerlin

‘Punchy debut…Mouthpiece of new Poland or amoral ballbreaker? … what’s most striking about the book is its vigour and the curious charisma of Magda herself. Balakar has created a contemporary anti-heroine with a heart of pure titanium.’ Bookoxygen

‘A.M. Bakalar created a memorable anti-heroine, worth adapting to the big screen…fantastic first novel!’ Literati