Queenie (Hardback)Candice Carty-Williams (author)
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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2019
‘Heartbreaking, funny, fresh and modern all at once’ – Cat at Head Office
‘A beautifully emotional, joyful, fist-punching-the-air book’ – Hannah Kate at Liverpool One
‘A powerhouse debut novel’ – Martyn at Finchley Road
Published on a wave of critical acclaim – and breathless enthusiasm from our booksellers – Candice Carty-Williams’ luminous debut is a joy-filled, painfully funny coming-of-age story set in modern Britain. Fabulous but flawed, defiant but vulnerable, Queenie Jenkins is one of the great fictional creations of the twenty-first century, and her story is, by turns, hilariously funny, dramatic and movingly tender.
Caught between the Jamaican British family who don’t seem to understand her, a job that’s not all it promised and a man she just can’t get over, Queenie’s life seems to be steadily spiralling out of control. Desperately trying to navigate her way through a hot mess of shifting cultures and toxic relationships and emerge with a shred of dignity, her missteps and misadventures will provoke howls of laughter and tears of pity – frequently on the same page.
Tackling issues as diverse as mental health, race, class and consent with a light yet sure touch, Queenie is refreshingly candid, delightfully compassionate and bracingly real. The perfect fable for a frenetic and confusing time, Carty-Williams’ stellar novel is undoubtedly one of the year’s most exciting debuts and announces its author as a fresh and vibrant new voice in British literature.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 226 x 160 x 40 mm
'Queenie has all the things you want in a debut novel - a startlingly fresh voice, characters you fall in love with from the very first page, and a joyous turn of phrase that makes this book almost impossible to put down. In turns hilariously funny and quietly devastating, Queenie is an important, timely story.' - Louise O'Neill
'Candice Carty-Williams is a fantastic new writer who has written a deliciously funny, characterful, topical and thrilling novel for our times.' - Bernardine Evaristo
'Brilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking.' - Jojo Moyes
'Funny, wise and of the moment, this book and this writer are the ones to watch.' - Kit de Waal
'Queenie is the sort of novel you just can't stop talking about and want everyone you know to read. Snort your tea out funny one moment and utterly heart-breaking the next... I absolutely loved it.' - AJ Pearce
'Hilarious and off the wall and tender.' - Nikesh Shukla
'Candice gives so generously with her joy, pain and humour... a beautiful and compelling book.' - Afua Hirsch
'I ate this up in one greedy, joyous gulp. I loved Queenie and was cheering her on all the way.' - Cathy Rentzenbrink
'I was engrossed and loved Queenie - her humour, her pain, her politics, her friends, her family!' - Diana Evans
'A really special book with much to say about black female identity, sexual politics, group chats & emotional becoming in a way that feels totally unforced. Filthy, funny & profound.' - Sharlene Teo
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“Funny & heartwarming”
I loved Queenie! This book took me on a rollercoaster of emotions . At times I just wanted to give Queenie a big hug, other times I wanted to shake her and say seriously!!! And certain characters made me very angry.... More
“Inspiring & Heartwarming”
I absolutely adored Queenie. She's vulnerable, she's emotional, she's a bit broken by current circumstance but she's an absolute fighter. There were parts of this book where I wished Queenie was my... More
“An absolute joy of a read”
A brilliant debut novel that gives a real insight into mental health and the pressures of just wanting to be “normal.” A darkly comic read that is often heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting, you will fail to do... More
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