‘Rachael McGill writes with a rhythm and honesty that weave poetry from the prosaic’   Time Out.

Rachael's novel, Fair Trade Heroin, will be published in 2020.

The Taliban are poised to take control of Afghanistan. Foreign NGOs are recalling their workers, but Gwen has no intention of leaving. She’s just met a blue-eyed opium trafficker called Syed, and together they’ve devised a plan. Fifteen years later, in London, Gwen’s daughter Nadia has no interest in the Afghan father she never met, until her mother’s behaviour becomes even more erratic than usual.

A story of teenage angst, youthful idealism and mid-life doubt in two different worlds.​

‘Sublime in its rawness, elegant in its outrage and compassionate in its fury. A damn good novel’ 

Ece Temelkuran, author of A Time of Mute Swans and Women who Blow on Knots

‘Brilliant, playful, timely and wise.’ 

Elanor Dymott, author of Every Contact Leaves a Trace and Slack-Tide