Book cover for Lucy Jago's A Net for Small Fishes
Brilliantly evoked and brilliantly sustained
Andrew Miller, Costa prize winner
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Beneath the dread I feel a core of heat: it is joy at the actions we took, the chaos we created, the possibilities we saw, the lives we led; it is love.

How stupid we are; not just us women, but all people. We think we act with all nobility when in truth we run in circles too low to the ground to see which path leads us to Heaven and which to Hell.

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A Net for Small Fishes


  • 'This is a fabulous book - Frankie and Anne's world is not just brilliantly evoked but brilliantly sustained. As far as I'm concerned, she doesn't make a single false step. And it's exciting! But ultimately, it’s a story of friendship and you care about these women who, if they are foolish sometimes, always know the value of loyalty.'

    Andrew Miller
    Winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award
  • 'A terrific first novel rich in colour, character, place and time.'

    Sarah Dunant
    Walter Scott Historical Fiction Prize, shortlist
  • 'In A Net for Small Fishes Lucy Jago has written the Thelma and Louise of the seventeenth century: two mis-matched heroines, two grittily-textured lives, an outrageous plot (true!), sex, politics, and a gut-wrenching ending.'

    Laurence Norfolk
    Somerset Maugham Award, winner
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Lucy Jago's new book A Net for Small Fishes will be released in February 2021.
Published by Bloomsbury, and Flatiron Books in the USA, it is available for pre-order from July through these retailers:

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