Rachelle Atalla is a fiction writer and editor based in Glasgow, who previously worked as a community pharmacist for a decade. Thankfully she has yet to be locked in a bunker, but there is still time. Her short stories have been published widely in literary journals and in 2018 her story Milk was highly commended in the Costa Short Story Award. She is also the co-editor of New Writing Scotland, and recently she completed Scottish Film and Talent Network's Write4film programme and Scottish Shorts development scheme; her short film Trifle was commissioned by SFTN and BFI, and will be released later in the year. The Pharmacist is her first novel.
A compulsive, claustrophobic but wonderfully compassionate read, beautifully written and set within a brilliantly realised world. Rachelle Atalla is a major talent and I can't wait to see where her mind goes next * Kirstin Innes, author of Scabby Queen * An unflinching portrayal of what we might all be capable of, Atalla's stunning debut is essential reading for our times * Helen Sedgwick, author of Where the Missing Gather * Atalla's speculative literary thriller debut draws you in with its mounting sense of tension, disquiet and desperation * CultureFly * There are shades of George Orwell in this stunning writing debut, but Rachelle Atalla's voice is highly original. And wholly her own * The Herald *