How to Leave the House (Hardback)
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How to Leave the House (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 02/05/2024
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The funniest, wildest and most original debut novel of 2024

'A wild and funny ride through modern life' Financial Times

'Gobby, barbed and garrulous' Eley Williams

'Truly original' Nicola Dinan, author of Bellies

'Genuinely hilarious' Keiran Goddard, author of Hourglass

'It's impossible not to be charmed by this big-hearted story' Bustle

It's Natwest's last day before he leaves for university, and there's only one thing on his mind: the deeply embarrassing package he ordered to his house - which still hasn't arrived. He won't leave town without it. Any alternative is too distressing to consider ...

This is the story of twenty-four hours in the life of NATWEST, and his small-town odyssey in pursuit of the missing package. And yet it's also the story of a MIDDLE-AGED DENTIST who dreams of being a respected artist - but the only thing he can seem to paint is the human mouth. And it's the story of a TORTURED IMAM involved in a quasi-romantic entanglement with the local vicar; and an OCTOGENARIAN mourning the death of her secretive husband; and a TROUBLED TEENAGER whose nudes have leaked on the internet. It's the story of Natwest's obnoxious EX-BOYFRIEND, and his CLASS-TRAITOR MOTHER and her CHILDHOOD BOYFRIEND, and the life-changing secrets he knows about Natwest's past.

Alternating between Natwest's idiosyncratic inner world and the perspectives of the other characters - and dazzling in its energy, imagination and originality - this is an outrageously funny and tenderly moving story about being connected to everyone and everything at all times; about love, friendship, and the lies we tell ourselves; about unhappy endings, happy endings - and whether anything really is as simple as one or the other.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349145631
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 218 x 144 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Bursts upon the palate like drain fluid ... a wild and funny ride through modern life - Financial Times

Raucous, smart and funny ... intelligent prose, insightful commentary and compelling characters - Kirkus

Witty, sharply observed and truly original - Nicola Dinan, author of Bellies

Most books that claim to be funny aren't actually all that funny. How to Leave the House is a rare exception - genuinely hilarious, utterly obnoxious, impressively daring - Keiran Goddard, author of Hourglass

How to Leave the House is gobby, barbed, and garrulous; a novel that takes swings, with swagger - Eley Williams, author of The Liar's Dictionary and Attrib. and other stories

Nathan Newman's How to Leave the House is a brilliant exploration of the many absurd and human ways that our lives intersect. Their sharp, honest prose skillfully reveals the vulnerability and desire coursing through the center of characters. This is the rare novel that is just as compassionate as it is funny, as engaging as it is smart." - Isle McElroy, author of People Collide

It's impossible not to be charmed by this big-hearted story ... it's so sweet and fun - an exciting debut from an author whose assuredness and polish could easily be mistaken for that of an old pro - Bustle

It's a witty, sprawling story about life's big changes and the things that never change, told with style and smarts by a remarkable new voice - Town and Country

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“lovely”

one of the best books i’ve read all year. actually very funny and weirdly heartfelt

Hardback edition
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“One of the funniest, unique books I've read”

A brilliant, twisty, hilarious novel following Natwest, a young man searching for a missing package.

An absurd odyssey all taking place in one day, with loads of characters all bursting with life.

I loved it!

Hardback edition
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