Exactly What You Mean (Hardback)
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Exactly What You Mean (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages
Published: 24/03/2022
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From Guernsey to California, Hinshaw’s immersive, beautifully crafted debut ties a fine web of interconnected stories into a globe-spanning meditation on the beauty and pain of human life.

Surrounded by the dramatic beauty of Guernsey, a teenager discovers a secret and finds his betrayal has the power to ruin adult lives. In London, a marriage shot through with infidelity leads to a quest for revenge, resulting in a series of simultaneously comical and catastrophic events. And in California, as wildfires threaten landscapes and lives, a young veteran struggles with the trauma of war, seeking solace at a local ranch.

In this extraordinary debut, a cast of characters grapple with unexpected betrayal, the loss of innocence and the lies we tell. With sharp insight, Ben Hinshaw illuminates the unnerving nature of what it means to grow up, to be a teenager playing at adulthood and an adult playing games.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241524718
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 346 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 24 mm


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A surprising and enjoyable read . . . this novel without guardrails stands as a brave debut - The Times

Virtuosity of technique accompanies keenness of insight and depth of characterisation . . . Hinshaw's impressively accomplished debut puts him in [Tim Winton and Jennifer Egan's] company - Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

Ben Hinshaw offers wit, sensitivity and sharp observation . . . the intricate, braided storylines, sustained with energy and relish. It is entertaining, and something more - truly involving - Hilary Mantel, author of The Mirror and the Light

A poignant demonstration of the way the past is still folded into the present - FT

Ben Hinshaw renders ordinary human agonies with extraordinary precision and emotional insight . . . This book is a riveting and beautifully patterned map of the emotional archipelago of longing and learning, loving and leaving - Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Such an incredibly clever idea this, a set of interlinked stories in which people who appear in one turn up in another . . there's a regretful, wistful atmosphere that's compelling. - Daily Mail

A splendid debut. The stories are sharp, subtle, richly coloured and the world they deliver delightfully surprising. Read this book - Lynn Freed, author of The Romance of Elsewhere

Full of precise moments of humanity. So finely observed, funny and touching - Alex Hyde, author of Violets

Terrific. I really enjoyed it - Andy Miller, author of The Year of Reading Dangerously and co-host of Backlisted

The calm, clear and intelligent prose belies the tortured emotional currents just below the surface. Sophisticated and ambitious - Samantha Dunn, author of Failing Paris

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“Breaking new ground in how to construct your novel.”

I love how authors brave enough to reconstruct story telling are popping up all over the place at the moment, and this represents one of the best examples. Initially it presents as a set of short stories, but don’t... More

Hardback edition
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“An exceptionally strong debut”

Not what I expected at all (it's not really a novel) but enjoyed it all the same. Essentially a series of sometimes very tenuously connected short stories, the book still manages to read very well as a whole. The... More

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“Exactly what I was hoping for”

Many thanks to the publisher for the ARC!

"Exactly what you mean" is Hinshaw's debut novel, and a very interesting one indeed.
At first, it may seem like a collection of short stories more than a... More

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