In Our Mad and Furious City (Hardback)
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In Our Mad and Furious City (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 19/04/2018
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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

'What a voice. What an ear for language... a brave and original piece of work' - Kit de Waal, author of The Trick to Time

For Selvon, Ardan and Yusuf, growing up under the towers of Stones Estate, summer means what it does anywhere: football, music, freedom. But now, after the killing of a British soldier, riots are spreading across the city, and nowhere is safe.

While the fury swirls around them, Selvon and Ardan remain focused on their own obsessions, girls and grime. Their friend Yusuf is caught up in a different tide, a wave of radicalism surging through his local mosque, threatening to carry his troubled brother, Irfan, with it.

Provocative, raw, poetic yet tender, In Our Mad and Furious City marks the arrival of a major new talent in fiction.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472250193
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 545 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'An unputdownable look at London today' - The Observer

'A tinderbox of a novel...[A] blazing polyphonic debut' - The Guardian 

'The voices and the language are stunning. As is the all the rich detail that really brings the book to life. And I really admire the skill with which each of the narrators is given such beautiful depth of soul. I keep thinking about each of them. The narrative and energy hooked me right from the start and never let go. It really is a very special book - the book we've all been waiting for' - Gautam Malkani, author of Londonstani

'A vivid and affecting account of estate life, both blighted by frustration and elevated by dreams we can all recognise and share. Guy's characters are drawn with compassion and flair, and I was captivated by their humanity' - Stephen Kelman, author of Pigeon English

'A timely read, addressing the urgent questions of our divided society. We're sure Guy is set for big things' - Metro 

'A blistering debut unlike anything I've read before. This is a powerful, raw, yet heartrending account of 48 hours on a London estate' - BBC.co.uk

'This novel is a love letter to the language of London's streets and to its people, but also a blistering look at a city on the edge that'll sweep you up until you reach the book's breathless, devastating conclusion' - Stylist

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