Exire is not a novel. It is not a collection of short stories. It is, instead, both of these things: stories that may stand alone whilst being inextricably tied together. It is Helen Mort’s first foray into the world of fiction beyond poetry.

Exire: Dystopian Britain, the year unspecified. A new website, Exire, offers those who feel disconnected from their lives one last act of choice, packaged as a bespoke service. In this unsettling collection, voices fade in and out, people connected by Exire’s troubling appeal. At the heart of it all is Lorna, a young musician who has made a painful decision. We hear her story in reverse.


“Addictively sinister.” – Mark Haddon

“Helen Mort is among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of young British poets.” – Carol Ann Duffy

“Gritty, witty, stylish and totally memorable.” – John Glenday

“Mort’s assurance keeps us on edge, but trustful. One could say she doesn’t put a foot wrong.” – Peter Scupham



Publication Date

September 2018


Exire on the Wrecking Ball Press website