Review of Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto on A Discount Ticket to Everywhere

‘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


More praise for A.M. Bakalar’s Madame Mephisto:

‘The book was fun…Magda makes some great observations about Britain and is pretty scathing about the Polish and their culture.’ Guardian - Among readers recommendations to the Guardian First Book Award

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

‘Reading and loving Madame Mephisto by A.M. Bakalar. Exceptional book.’ Deon Meyer, author of Thirteen HoursDead at Daybreak (shortlisted for The Sunday Times literary Prize), Trackers (shortlisted for CWA International Dagger Award)

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 perfect example of the good girl gone bad…it maybe the first in a new line of literature to be written in English by Polish people…A.M. Bakalar here in turn giving rise to a new line of fiction like windrush’ Winstonsdad’s Blog

‘Impressive debut novel.’ Literalab

‘Intriguing read.’ Bibliotheca

‘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.’ Karolina Golimowska, 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.’ Elsbeth Lindner, Bookoxygen

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


Bakalar on Night Waves BBC Radio 3 International Review

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