That Reminds Me (Hardback)
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Hardback 128 Pages / Published: 14/11/2019
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A work which defies easy categorisation, Owusu’s incendiary coming-of-age tale is an intensely raw yet lyrical narrative, relayed in clipped, precise fragments. 

Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2020

Anansi, your four gifts raised to nyame granted you no power over the stories I tell...

This is the story of K.

K is sent into care before a year marks his birth. He grows up in fields and woods, and he is happy, he thinks. When K is eleven, the city reclaims him. He returns to an unknown mother and a part-time father, trading the fields for flats and a community that is alien to him. Slowly, he finds friends. Eventually, he finds love. He learns how to navigate the city. But as he grows, he begins to realise that he needs more than the city can provide. He is a man made of pieces. Pieces that are slowly breaking apart

That Reminds Me is the story of one young man, from birth to adulthood, told in fragments of memory. It explores questions of identity, belonging, addiction, sexuality, violence, family and religion. It is a deeply moving and completely original work of literature from one of the brightest British writers of today.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781529118599
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'When writing is this honest, it soars. I think that this is why the words in this collection fly around you and settle, as they have. What an incredible use of language and truth. Hope this reaches all the mandem. We need more.' - Yrsa Daley-Ward

'These are words that come from the heart, the lived life and owned observations. Powerful and moving. Social realism at its best.' - Alex Wheatle

"I hate Derek Owusu for the same reasons I love him: he is the sort of writer who makes me and other writers have doubts about whether we belong in this art. He is one of a kind. Truly a precious stone of a poet. His words evoke flawless empathy and leave me with either a strained face from smiling or a wet page from crying. I consider myself enlightened, lucky, intimidated and gripped when I read his words.' - Nelson Abbey

That Reminds Me by Derek Owusu

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A story told in fragments, a lifetime recalled in memories; That Reminds Me by Derek Owusu is an entirely original new work from one of Britain's most exciting writers. 

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“Erratic and unfocused”

Difficult to nail down, this was like trying to hear somebody calling to you through a storm. You miss the words, the meaning, and the message and story comes out largely garbled. I did understand what the general... More

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“A difficult but beautiful read”

Each chapter is like a beautifully crafted poem... it’s not always easy to grasp what’s going on but the fragments of memory do build up a heartbreaking story of a young boy’s journey through to adulthood. Well worth... More

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