Winner of the Green Carnation Prize for LGBT Literature 2014
Shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Prize 2014
Shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize 2015
Shortlisted for the Saboteur Best Short Story Collection Award 2015
Longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award 2014
A viciously funny and heart-breaking collection of semi-autobiographical short stories from one of the UK’s most exciting new voices.
How do you react when you discover your boyfriend is cheating on you with his dead grandma? Which lullaby helps you date two guys at once? What’s the best way to deface a doctor’s leaflet on bereavement? And what is this Borderline Personality Disorder people keep telling you about?
Any Other Mouth is a gut-wrenching and shockingly frank account of sexual misadventure, familial disintegration, bereavement and self-discovery, in the vein of David Vann’s Legend of a Suicide, Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted, and Miranda July’s Nobody Belongs Here More Than You.
In this highly personal work, Anneliese Mackintosh has taken the most intense episodes of her life so far, and reimagined them in these profound, playful and poignant tales.
Praise for Any Other Mouth
‘It’s a fantastic, cleanly focused book that’s hilarious and heartbreaking… I absolutely loved all of it; the pain, the hope, the shame, the redemption, but most of all its coruscating humour and the book’s tender heart.’ Guardian
‘Among the most important debuts of the year… this is a hugely impressive first book.’ Civilian Global
‘The pain, the redemption, and above all the humour… This blend of fact and fiction will move you to tears.’ Scotland on Sunday (Books of the Year)
‘I was mightily impressed with Anneliese Mackintosh’s debut story collection Any Other Mouth, skilful, deft writing and a brutally honest insight into grief, mental illness and much more.’ Herald (Books of the Year)
‘A hot debut… takes on everything from grief, alcoholism and mental health to gang rape’ The List Top 10 Books of the Year
‘My pick of the year is… a collection of short fiction. Anneliese Mackintosh’s Any Other Mouth is that rare thing; a perfect debut… The book won The Green Carnation Prize earlier this month, and it’s not hard to see why.’ Cadaverine magazine
‘Jagged pieces of a woman’s life gradually coalesce into a narrative in an unnerving debut that sits at the intersection between short story collection, novel and memoir… Jumping back and forth between adult grief, childhood drama and a university career with industrial rock and dubious sexual choices, Mackintosh manages the impressive feat of laying bare her broken heart, dysfunctional family and insecurities in a way that seduces rather than invites pity, a vein of wry humour running through even the darkest moments. She tells her story piecemeal in a jumbled way that intrigues rather than frustrates, leading us on a twisting path through half-truths, reminding us that memory is subjective and hindsight is never as perfect as we think it is. Accurately described as one of the UK’s most exciting new voices, Mackintosh presents a hybrid medium that is the perfect vehicle for her talent, fashioning a claustrophobically intimate but compelling sequence of stories from painfully raw material.’ [*****] The List
‘What a fresh and original book this is. I’ve been aware of Mackintosh’s writing for a while, encountering sparky short stories in highly regarded anthologies and literary magazines, tales that combined lightness of touch with brutal emotional honesty, signs of a real talent in the making… It’s one of the saddest yet most uplifting things I’ve read in ages and it made me cry. Mackintosh is a real talent and Any Other Mouth is a remarkable debut.’ Independent
‘…messy, ludicrous, wildly entertaining…’ The Bookbag
‘Any Other Mouth blurs the line between short story anthology and novel… the complexity of the highly driven character and her struggle with her own illness, her father’s illness, her bereavement, her mental health challenges is delivered beautifully. There’s a great deal of humour in these stories and a lot of tenderness.’ Workshy Fop
‘Any Other Mouth was heart rending… Mackintosh is brave with her content, and styles it in a way that is both simple and dramatic.’ Subtle Melodrama
‘Any Other Mouth is one of the most intimate and insightful reads you are likely to experience, and is a reminder of how important the best writing should be.’ Scots Whay Hae!
‘sometimes-brutal, sometimes-heartbreaking, sometimes-precious… One of the lovely things about reading this book is this: if you didn’t know her, by the end, you feel you know Mackintosh – her honesty cuts deep.’ The Real Story
‘Anneliese Mackintosh can write about anything she wants to. She could write about the most mundane things because she can turn just about anything into something poignant and sincere. And that’s the most any writer can ever really hope for.’ Kiss the Witch
‘Any Other Mouth is a glorious genre-bending feat of honesty and humanity. It’s a shiv in the side and a balm for the heart all at once. It’s a bit special.’ PublishingThings
‘A remarkable, daring and original work. Anneliese Mackintosh is the real thing.’ MJ Hyland, author of Carry Me Down
‘It’s rare to feel so intimate with characters that they seem like lifelong friends who you love, enjoy, worry for, and won’t ever forget. I feel painfully close to the protagonist in Anneliese Mackintosh’s stories. She laid herself bare for me. I need to hear from this exceptional writer again.’ Helen Fitzgerald, author of The Donor
‘I waited for years in despair for the voice of the next generation to emerge and feared the worst – but she’s here, and what a stupendous arrival… heart-wrenching, cheeky, profound and at the same time utterly stylish… an immense achievement.’ Ewan Morrison, author of Close Your Eyes
‘This is the best thing I’ve read in years. Brutally honest and exquisitely crafted, this is a book that breaks your heart, slowly rebuilds it, only to smash it to pieces again. I’m seething with envy.’ Doug Johnstone, author of Gone Again
‘[After reading Any Other Mouth] you’ll never forget this brief interlude in your life, her dozens of piercing insights described in a way that no-one else speaks, and secondly that whatever else happens you hope that one day you will hear more of her stories.’ Bookmuse