Victoria’s first novel, For Thy Great Pain Have Mercy On My Little Pain, is published by Bloomsbury.  Based on the lives of two fourteenth-century mystics, Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe,  the novel explores medieval women’s lives, the effects of grief and trauma, and the genesis of women’s writing. On 18th January she chatted with Shahidha Bari about her novel on Radio Four’s Front Row.

“An extraordinary novel about two extraordinary women … This slim novel is a pocket epic.” FRANK COTTRELL-BOYCE, The Guardian Book of the Day.

“It is an extraordinary feat of historical ventriloquism; the women’s inner lives, their religiosity, their sense of place in the world is miraculously conjured … This novel is brilliantly done.” ANTONIA SENIOR, The Times Book of the Month.

“Stunningly original … Her skill is in creating a story that goes much deeper than its slender spine and spare prose might suggest.” Editor’s Pick, Best Books of 2023, Marie Claire.

“A beautiful book. I loved it. Margery and Julian are both so alive. The invisible balancing and weighing MacKenzie has done across the whole to bring them dialogue with each other and to bring the reader into emotional and spiritual connectedness with them is just so brilliant. And it’s funny. It warmed my heart.”  MAX PORTER


Victoria is represented by Sam Copeland at Rogers, Coleridge and White.

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Readings & Events:

Thursday 19th January 2023: LAUNCH NIGHT! Reading from For Thy Great Pain at Lighthouse Books, Edinburgh, hosted by novelist Rachelle Atalla, 7pm. **This event will be streamed so you can still attend even if you can’t be there in person.**

Monday 23rd January 2023: Reading from For Thy Great Pain at Topping & Company, Ely 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Thursday 16th February 2023: Reading from For Thy Great Pain at Topping & Company, St Andrews at 8pm (doors 7.20pm).