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‘Exciting, contemporary, heartfelt and clever’ Greg Mosse
‘Riveting, real and raw . . . a powerful journey’ Balvinder Sopal
‘Wisely and wittily leaps into the heart of friendships’ Sabrina Mahfouz
‘Dares to subject modern feminism to a tough and timely cross-examination T.J. Emerson

The hen party from hell descends into darkness, perfect for fans of Nikki May, Dawn O’Porter and Zakiya Dalila Harris

Some friends have your back.
Some friends stab you in the back.

Ayesha is just about finding her feet on the London stand-up scene, but when her response to a sexist heckler goes viral, she finds herself drawn into an exclusive group of activists: a sacred circle of change makers, each woman with a specific gift to contribute to the cause.

The circle draws in her friend Yaz too and they are both invited to an intimate hen do, except it’s not a hen do – it's a Goddess Retreat. While Ayesha, longing to find her tribe, tries desperately to fit herself into a shape that the women will accept, Yaz treats the entire ‘itinerary’ with open disdain. But the Goddess Retreat is no laughing matter. As the weekend descends into chaos, they’ll need to stick together if they want to get out alive.

Goddesses is a bitingly brilliant novel that explores the power dynamics of sisterhood and activism, the dark side of white feminism and the importance of making your voice heard.




‘Filled with unexpected twists’

‘So damn INTENSE’

About The Author

© Juliet Lemon

Nina is an author, playwright and screenwriter whose debut novel Goddesses will be published in July 2023 by Simon & Schuster and has been optioned for TV by Roughcut TV. Her play Service won the ETPEP Playwriting Award and she has written the BBC Sounds series Mortem as well as her first play Delete and a Dr Who International Women’s Day audio special Turn Of The Tides

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (November 1, 2023)
  • Length: 432 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398518315

Raves and Reviews

'Had me laughing out loud in some places and unable to tear my gaze from the drama in others. Highly recommended' Cass Green, author of The Killer Inside

'Bold, gripping and divinely comic. A thrilling pageturner with a fresh, original heroine at its heart. A story that dares to subject modern feminism to a tough and timely cross-examination' T.J. Emerson, author of The Ideal Man

'Exciting, contemporary, heartfelt and clever' Greg Mosse, author of Murder at Church Lodge

'Nina plays with many themes and masterfully weaves them into a narrative that is riveting, real and raw . . . a powerful journey . . . We are faced with colonial ownership, power, abuse, money, fame, cultural appropriation, the fetishisation of a culture and its people, feminism, and what happens when the right to tell one's own story is taken away, hijacked by another so far removed from our own lived experience. The narrative moves seamlessly from chapter to chapter, bringing us ever closer to the truth of what it feels like to be silenced into submission . . . It is the book of the year for me' Balvinder Sopal

'Goddesses wisely and wittily leaps into the heart of friendships made within rage, both how healing and harmful they can be. Taut with tension, the worlds of activism, comedy and literature are deftly and hilariously described. Combined with the resonant, contemporary tone, this is an excellent, indulgent read' Sabrina Mahfouz, poet and playwright, author of How You Might Know Me

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