Eleven Hours

Pamela Erens

RRP: £8.99

2 March 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782399810

RRP: £12.99

7 July 2016

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782399797

RRP: £5.99

7 July 2016

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782399803

‘An immensely powerful, cannot-look-away novel of heart and bone and muscle and blood. The war novel has a rival… and it is breath-taking.’ The Herald

Lore arrives at the hospital alone: no husband, no partner, no friends. She is in labour. Franckline, a nurse in the maternity ward, herself newly pregnant, is assigned to her care. Over the spiralling course of eleven hours, the women are thrown together into a fierce, physical intimacy, and they begin to force one another to reckon with their pasts and their futures. Lore must disentangle herself from a love triangle; Franckline must move beyond deep traumas; both must prepare themselves for the fear, joy, anguish and awe of motherhood.


Childbirth, this uniquely female form of heroism, is rarely documented in our literature, and I've never seen it rendered with the extraordinary insight, urgency, and potency of Eleven HoursKaren Russell, author of Swamplandia!

Gorgeous, harrowing, and intensely urgent - I can't stop thinking about this bookMolly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans

I loved Eleven Hours... A gorgeous, haunting, slender novelRoxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist

A story about birth, which is to say a story about life and death... A novel with the ­adrenaline-rush pacing of an action movie
New York Times

Wall Street Journal

Boston Globe

Intense, provocative...a deeply rewarding high-wire act
The National