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Follow Me To Ground

Follow Me To Ground
  • Follow Me To Ground by Sue Rainsford


‘Sue Rainsford’s talent is fierce, palpable and hypnotic. . . a dazzlingly troubling dream.’ – Colin Barrett

‘Sick is sick is sick. It’s got to go somewhere.’

Ada, a girl who hasn’t gone quite to plan, and Father live a quiet life together, in a clearing in the woods outside of town. They spend their years tending to local Cures – the human folk who come to them, cautiously, with various ailments, and for whom they care little.

Ada embarks on a disquieting relationship with a local Cure named Samson, much to the displeasure of her father and Samson’s widowed, pregnant sister. When Ada is forced to choose between her old and new lives, what she does will change the town – and The Ground itself – forever.

Follow Me To Ground is an unnerving, beautifully controlled tour-de-force, a sinister tale that questions our preconceptions of predator and prey and the consequences of unchecked desire.


‘Strange, but wonderful. Lyrical, and utterly compelling.’ – Irish Examiner 

‘Stark, poetic, shocking and quite beautiful, this short novel has an echo of Steinbeck about it, if Steinbeck had written dark, mysterious fairy tales.’ – Sunday Independent

‘Sue Rainsford’s debut novel is short and extremely unsettling: think Shirley Jackson meets the Brothers Grimm…it evokes a kind of crawling physical unease that straddles the divide between fairy tale and horror.’ – Bookmunch

‘Reminiscent of the work of Alexandra Kleeman, Carmen Maria Machado, and Han Kang, it’s a sinister, sensual, haunted book’. – Lithub


About the Author

Sue Rainsford holds an MFA from Bennington College, Vermont, and is a recipient of the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award as well as the VAI/DCC Critical Writing Award. Follow Me To Ground is her first novel. She lives with her partner in Dublin.



Sue Rainsford


B-Format, HB





Release Date

May 2018

Additional Information

Weight .400 g
Dimensions .198 x .129 x .15 mm


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