Pity (Hardback)
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Pity (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages
Published: 08/02/2024
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Spanning three generations of a South Yorkshire mining family, poet Andrew McMillan's fiction debut is a concise, powerful lament for a lost way of life and a ringing tribute to resilience and authenticity.

The town was once a hub of industry. A place where men toiled underground in darkness, picking and shovelling in the dust and the sleck. It was dangerous and back-breaking work but it meant something. Once, the town provided, it was important, it had purpose. But what is it now?

Brothers Alex and Brian have spent their whole life in the town where their father lived and his father, too. Still reeling from the collapse of his personal life, Alex, is now in his middle age, and must reckon with a part of his identity he has long tried to mask. Simon is the only child of Alex and had practically no memory of the mines. Now in his twenties and working in a call centre, he derives passion from his side hustle in sex work and his weekly drag gigs.

Set across three generations of South Yorkshire mining family, Andrew McMillan's short and magnificent debut novel is a lament for a lost way of a life as well as a celebration of resilience and the possibility for change.

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781838858957
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 313 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Tender and true. It explores with brilliance and deep empathy how our lives - and our secrets - are always intertwined with those who went before us - DOUGLAS STUART

A deeply felt and rich enactment of love, loneliness and personal triumph that leaves an indelible mark on modern Queer life. With the poet's precision and capacious resistance to resolution, wherein doubt is transformed into force, McMillan's first foray into fiction is a magical one - OCEAN VUONG

We already knew that Andrew McMillan could turn a phrase. With his debut novel, he also shows us a rare gift for storytelling. Pity digs deep into the heart and history of South Yorkshire and brings out the black gold of love, longing and loss. A triumph - JON McGREGOR

Pity pays a great poet's tough but tender attention to the unspoken layers and historic fissures which lie beneath the wounded town of the self. This beautiful book about the marks that are left on people and places in turn leaves a deep empathic mark on the reader - MAX PORTER

Pity is as tough, glittering and multilayered as the coal upon which it rests. With lyrical prose and deep tenderness, Andrew McMillan beautifully explores the complex hauntings of love and grief across generations - LIZ BERRY

Truly stunning. A novel that deals with the ways history intervenes in our lives and how we can use our lives to intervene in history. South Yorkshire is a crucible - HELEN MORT

Moving and resilient, Pity explores queer life in a northern English town in a way that is immediately recognisable, full of wounds, history and possibility. Written with the scope and precision that characterises all of McMillan's work, this is a lightning bolt of a book - SEÀN HEWITT

In supple, honest prose, Pity questions how we can bear the weight of what came before us. Through an acute exploration of social class, masculinity, sexuality and resistance, McMillan deftly portrays a town grappling with loss amid its post-industrial legacy, while offering a hopeful vision of what the future could look like, if we were given the power to redefine our histories and tell our stories on our own terms - JESSICA ANDREWS

Andrew McMillan's writing is phenomenal, fresh and evocative, compelling and compassionate. Pity is a beautiful and stirring book, vivid and timeless - SALENA GODDEN

Pity is an astounding novel: it is intricately crafted and highly ambitious. Taut, formally inventive and deeply rich in its language, it is driven by characters that will haunt the reader long after the final page has been turned - OKECHUKWU NZELU

WoWFEST: An Evening with Andrew McMillan & Paul Farley

WoWFEST: An Evening with Andrew McMillan & Paul Farley

Liverpool
Tuesday 14th May 18:30 - 20:00

Two award winning poets come together at WoWFEST to launch a debut novel! Andrew McMillan, whose Physical was the only poetry collection to ever win the Guardian First Book Award, will be reading from his debut novel Pity, and in conversation with multi-award winning poet Paul Farley.  

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“A very strong, cleverly political and innovative novel”

This is the debut novel of Andrew McMillan – a Professor and lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and an award winning poet (winner of the Guardian First Book Award with his debut collection, and the... More

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“One of my reads of the year surely!”

'Pity' by Andrew McMillan is a gritty and well written debut.

Brothers Alex and Brian have spent their whole life in the town where their father lived and his father, too. Still reeling from the collapse... More

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“A sparse and effective debut”

A sparse, effective debut novel, Pity looks at a town in South Yorkshire through the eyes of several generations of local men. The a recurring motifs include masculinity, northern working-class queerness, and the... More

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