For generations feminism has been grounded in the principle of “a woman’s right to choose”. Blue Ticket — a gripping, ethereal second novel from Sophie Mackintosh, whose debut, The Water Cure (2018), was longlisted for the Booker prize — is an examination of what life might be like if that right were completely expunged.
Fourteen-year-old Calla has had a quiet rural childhood, growing up alone with her father. But on the day of her first period she puts on a special dress and is taken to a strange ceremony at a government facility. Calla and the other young women there that day take it in turns to draw a ticket from a machine. A white ticket means motherhood; a blue ticket means she will never
World news – GB – Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh, review — new novel from the author of The Water Cure