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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 15/06/2017
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AN OBSERVER NEW FACE OF FICTION FOR 2017.

 Ravine and Marianne were best friends. They practised handstands together, raced slugs and went into the woods to play. But now everything has changed.

Ten years later, Ravine lies in a bed plagued by chronic pain syndrome. And her best friend Marianne is gone. How did their last adventure go so wrong? Who is to blame? And where is Marianne?

Heartbreaking, bittersweet and utterly unforgettable, The Things We Thought We Knew is a powerful novel about the things we remember and the things we wish we could forget.

'An original and affecting coming-of-age novel.'  - The Observer

'Fuses life's big themes with daily minutiae ...A voice of the next generation.'  - Stylist

'A vibrant portrayal of estate life in the late nineties and an affecting story of friendship.' - The Independent

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780857524683
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 503 g
Dimensions: 222 x 162 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An original and affecting coming-of-age novel ... Snaith's clear-eyed depiction of estate life at the turn of the millennium resists cliches" * The Observer *
"Written in clear yet multi-layered prose ... a vibrant portrayal of estate life in the late nineties and an affecting story of friendship, dealing with pain, grief and coming-of-age in a single-parent family. While those big themes pervade, it's the minutiae of life in Ravine's and Amma's flat that bring welcome humour, like her descriptions of Amma in her sari and white trainers, cleaned daily with vinegar and lemon ... It's an original, heartfelt read that will appeal as much to children of the nineties and noughties as it will readers of any age excited by a new British talent." * Independent *
"Snaith has a delightfully fresh voice and vividly conveys the claustrophobic nature of Ravine's situation as the mystery of what happened ten years earlier is gradually revealed." -- Daily Mail * Fanny Blake *
"Definitely worth squeezing into your hand luggage... one of the most brilliant summer beach reads ... a promising debut" * Red *
"A powerful debut ... told with warmth and humanity, this is a novel that shines because the characters feel so human and their plights feel so real" * CultureFly *
"Mahsuda Snaith is an exciting new voice in fiction. Her writing is deceptive. Crystal clear sentences ooze with texture and nuance. Characters that drip with lived experience. And above all, a clarity of vision. Mahsuda's work is brave and bold and she has a massive future ahead of her." * Nikesh Shukla, prize-winning author and one of The Bookseller's Rising Stars of 2016 *
"A break out book from an incredibly talented debut writer [and] a quirky lovable mystery set in a Leicester council estate ... a brilliant, heartbreaking debut that perfectly captures the delirious highs and bruising lows of intoxicating friendship. What made me fall for The Things We Thought We Knew is its quintessentially British humour, which recalls Joanna Cannon's brilliant The Trouble With Goats and Sheep or Sue Townsend and Nina Stibbe's books. It's the understand that the most mundane things in life are a rich source of comedy and that they often go hand in hand with every day tragedy ... something truly special and original. Read, weep and laugh." -- Francesca Brown * Stylist Magazine *
"This intriguing debut gives a voice to the marginalised" * Big Issue *
"Fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will love this... A very impressive debut - I'm sure we'll hear more of Mahsuda Snaith" * My Weekly *
"Brimming with great characters... one to watch" * Good Housekeeping *

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“Fantastic!”

It's hard to believe that the author Mahsuda Snaith was only 16 when she first drafted this book "The Things We Thought We Knew" - for a debut novel the writing is so professional and word perfect... More

Hardback edition
5th May 2017
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“Outstanding debut novel. ”

Hailed by The Bookseller as one of the Rising Stars of 2016 Mahsuda Snaith’s debut novel The Things We Thought We Knew is a story of a young Bengali woman is who confined to bed with chronic pain since an accident... More

Hardback edition
26th June 2017
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“4/5”

I really enjoyed reading this book, the plot drew me to this book and I was instantly captivated by it.

Paperback edition
12th August 2018
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