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IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY - WINNER of the International Dylan Thomas Prize and Jhalak Prize 2019

Winner:

International Dylan Thomas Prize 2019

Jhalak Prize 2019

Longlisted:

The Booker Prize 2018

Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2019

Shortlisted:

The Goldsmiths Prize 2018

Authors Club Best First Novel Award 2019

The Gordon Burn Prize 2018

The Writers Guild Award 2018


Tinder Press/Hachette (UK) Hardback: 19 Apr 2018 | Paperback: 7 Feb 2019

MCD x FSG (US) 11 Dec 2018

Inspired by the real-life murder of a British army soldier by religious fanatics, and the rampant burning of mosques that followed, Guy Gunaratne's In Our Mad and Furious City is a snapshot of the diverse, frenzied edges of modern-day London. A crackling debut from a vital new voice, it pulses with the frantic energy of the city's homegrown grime music and is animated by the youthful rage of a dispossessed, overlooked, and often misrepresented generation.

While Selvon, Ardan, and Yusuf organize their lives around soccer, girls, and grime, Caroline and Nelson struggle to overcome pasts that haunt them. Each voice is uniquely insightful, impassioned, and unforgettable, and when stitched together, they trace a brutal and vibrant tapestry of today's London. In a forty-eight-hour surge of extremism and violence, their lives are inexorably drawn together in the lead-up to an explosive, tragic climax.

In Our Mad and Furious City documents the stark, discordant disparities and bubbling fury coursing beneath the prosperous surface of a city uniquely on the brink. Written in the distinctive vernaculars of contemporary London, the novel challenges the ways in which we coexist now--and, more importantly, the ways in which we often fail to do so.

Provocative, raw, poetic yet tender, IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY announces the arrival of a major new talent in fiction.

"A novel that’s a piece of communal vitality, choral in its urgency, one that squares up to the history of division, makes contemporary disjuncture come alive on the page, doesn’t flinch, and demands change right now." - Ali Smith

"Guy Gunaratne throws words against the wall and makes us watch them bounce. You feel the heat, reel from the sound, and bump to the unstoppable pulse. A novel so of this moment that you don't even realize you've waited your whole life for it." - Marlon James

Reviews:

New Yorker (James Wood): "Even as this book turns tragic, it remains utterly alive, even joyous . . . every page, by dint of sheer linguistic exuberance, carries its own adventure."

TLS: "Place, and its dialects run like boiling blood through the story"

Publishers Weekly: "...manages to be both Gunaratne’s savvy rejoinder to nationalist politics and a Faulkner-esque feat of ventriloquism in its own right."

Booklist: "Explosive ... begins with palpable tension and urgency, a tone reminiscent of early Bret Easton Ellis."

The Irish Times: "...a prose that just plain deserves to be read."

The New York Times (Jon McGregor): "...Gunaratne has a gift for inhabiting the lives of his characters, and has used that gift here to give voice to Londoners who are not often seen in contemporary fiction"

TIME: "Gunaratne’s prose swells to a stylish, ground-level street symphony."

The Guardian: "...a rich, authentic debut"

Fresh voices: 50 writers you should read now: "...a blazing polyphonic debut"

The Observer: "A tinderbox debut"

The Independent: "Think Zadie Smith meets This Is England"

'What a voice. What an ear for language. No mean feat to capture the street, the nuance of black experience, the architecture of so many different lives. It's a brave and original piece of work' Kit de Waal, author of MY NAME IS LEON

"A beautiful fierce storm of a book, full of courage and hope." - Jackie Morris, author of THE LOST WORDS

'This is cracking. Original, honest voices and a vivid portrayal of a London rarely seen in literature' Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

'A vivid and affecting account of estate life, both blighted by frustration and elevated by dreams we can all recognise and share' Stephen Kelman, author of PIGEON ENGLISH

"A blazing, swaggering, polyphonic debut. Here is London through the eyes of those ‘with elsewhere in their blood’. Gunaratne has a ventriloquist’s command of voice, a film-maker’s eye, and talent to burn." Simon Wroe, author of HERE COMES TROUBLE

'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

What it's about:

Inspired by the real-life murder of a British army soldier by religious fanatics, and the rampant burning of mosques that followed, Guy Gunaratne's In Our Mad and Furious City is a snapshot of the diverse, frenzied edges of modern-day London. A crackling debut from a vital new voice, it pulses with the frantic energy of the city's homegrown grime music and is animated by the youthful rage of a dispossessed, overlooked, and often misrepresented generation.

While Selvon, Ardan, and Yusuf organize their lives around soccer, girls, and grime, Caroline and Nelson struggle to overcome pasts that haunt them. Each voice is uniquely insightful, impassioned, and unforgettable, and when stitched together, they trace a brutal and vibrant tapestry of today's London. In a forty-eight-hour surge of extremism and violence, their lives are inexorably drawn together in the lead-up to an explosive, tragic climax.

In Our Mad and Furious City documents the stark, discordant disparities and bubbling fury coursing beneath the prosperous surface of a city uniquely on the brink. Written in the distinctive vernaculars of contemporary London, the novel challenges the ways in which we coexist now--and, more importantly, the ways in which we often fail to do so.

Provocative, raw, poetic yet tender, IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY announces the arrival of a major new talent in fiction.

IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY - WINNER of the International Dylan Thomas Prize and Jhalak Prize 2019

Winner:

International Dylan Thomas Prize 2019

Jhalak Prize 2019

Longlisted:

The Booker Prize 2018

Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2019

Shortlisted:

The Goldsmiths Prize 2018

Authors Club Best First Novel Award 2019

The Gordon Burn Prize 2018

The Writers Guild Award 2018


Tinder Press/Hachette (UK) Hardback: 19 Apr 2018 | Paperback: 7 Feb 2019

MCD x FSG (US) 11 Dec 2018

Chosen by Ali Smith as one of 2018's best debut fiction, IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY is an unforgettable portrait of 48 hours on a London council estate, and will appeal to readers of NW, THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES or fans of THIS IS ENGLAND or LA HAINE.

"A novel that’s a piece of communal vitality, choral in its urgency, one that squares up to the history of division, makes contemporary disjuncture come alive on the page, doesn’t flinch, and demands change right now." - Ali Smith

"Guy Gunaratne throws words against the wall and makes us watch them bounce. You feel the heat, reel from the sound, and bump to the unstoppable pulse. A novel so of this moment that you don't even realize you've waited your whole life for it." - Marlon James

Reviews:

TLS: "Place, and its dialects run like boiling blood through the story"

The Guardian: "...a rich, authentic debut"

Fresh voices: 50 writers you should read now: "...a blazing polyphonic debut"

The Observer: "A tinderbox debut"

The Irish Times: "...a prose that just plain deserves to be read."

The Independent: "Think Zadie Smith meets This Is England"

'What a voice. What an ear for language. No mean feat to capture the street, the nuance of black experience, the architecture of so many different lives. It's a brave and original piece of work' Kit de Waal, author of MY NAME IS LEON

"A beautiful fierce storm of a book, full of courage and hope." - Jackie Morris, author of THE LOST WORDS

'This is cracking. Original, honest voices and a vivid portrayal of a London rarely seen in literature' Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

'A vivid and affecting account of estate life, both blighted by frustration and elevated by dreams we can all recognise and share' Stephen Kelman, author of PIGEON ENGLISH

"A blazing, swaggering, polyphonic debut. Here is London through the eyes of those ‘with elsewhere in their blood’. Gunaratne has a ventriloquist’s command of voice, a film-maker’s eye, and talent to burn." Simon Wroe, author of HERE COMES TROUBLE

'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

What it's about:

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 announces the arrival of a major new talent in fiction.

IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2018

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2018

Tinder Press/Hachette (UK) Hardback: 19 Apr 2018 | Paperback: 7 Feb 2019

MCD x FSG (US) 11 Dec 2018

Chosen by Ali Smith as one of 2018's best debut fiction, IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY is an unforgettable portrait of 48 hours on a London council estate, and will appeal to readers of NW, THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES or fans of THIS IS ENGLAND or LA HAINE.

"Guy Gunaratne throws words against the wall and makes us watch them bounce. You feel the heat, reel from the sound, and bump to the unstoppable pulse. A novel so of this moment that you don't even realize you've waited your whole life for it." - Marlon James

"...a novel that’s a piece of communal vitality, choral in its urgency, one that squares up to the history of division, makes contemporary disjuncture come alive on the page, doesn’t flinch, and demands change right now." - Ali Smith

Reviews:

TLS: "Place, and its dialects run like boiling blood through the story"

The Guardian: "...a rich, authentic debut"

Fresh voices: 50 writers you should read now: "...a blazing polyphonic debut"

The Observer: "A tinderbox debut"

The Irish Times: "...a prose that just plain deserves to be read."

The Independent: "Think Zadie Smith meets This Is England"

'What a voice. What an ear for language. No mean feat to capture the street, the nuance of black experience, the architecture of so many different lives. It's a brave and original piece of work' Kit de Waal, author of MY NAME IS LEON

'This is cracking. Original, honest voices and a vivid portrayal of a London rarely seen in literature' Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

'A vivid and affecting account of estate life, both blighted by frustration and elevated by dreams we can all recognise and share' Stephen Kelman, author of PIGEON ENGLISH

"A blazing, swaggering, polyphonic debut. Here is London through the eyes of those ‘with elsewhere in their blood’. Gunaratne has a ventriloquist’s command of voice, a film-maker’s eye, and talent to burn." Simon Wroe, author of HERE COMES TROUBLE

'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

What it's about:

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 announces the arrival of a major new talent in fiction.

IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY

Long-listed for The Man Booker Prize 2018

Short-listed for The Goldsmiths Prize 2018

Short-listed for The Gordon Burn Prize 2018

Tinder Press/Hachette (UK) Hardback: 19 Apr 2018 | Paperback: 7 Feb 2019

MCD x FSG (US) 11 Dec 2018

Chosen by Ali Smith as one of 2018's best debut fiction, IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY is an unforgettable portrait of 48 hours on a London council estate, and will appeal to readers of NW, THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES or fans of THIS IS ENGLAND or LA HAINE.

"A novel that’s a piece of communal vitality, choral in its urgency, one that squares up to the history of division, makes contemporary disjuncture come alive on the page, doesn’t flinch, and demands change right now." - Ali Smith

"Guy Gunaratne throws words against the wall and makes us watch them bounce. You feel the heat, reel from the sound, and bump to the unstoppable pulse. A novel so of this moment that you don't even realize you've waited your whole life for it." - Marlon James

Reviews:

TLS: "Place, and its dialects run like boiling blood through the story"

The Guardian: "...a rich, authentic debut"

Fresh voices: 50 writers you should read now: "...a blazing polyphonic debut"

The Observer: "A tinderbox debut"

The Irish Times: "...a prose that just plain deserves to be read."

The Independent: "Think Zadie Smith meets This Is England"

'What a voice. What an ear for language. No mean feat to capture the street, the nuance of black experience, the architecture of so many different lives. It's a brave and original piece of work' Kit de Waal, author of MY NAME IS LEON

"A beautiful fierce storm of a book, full of courage and hope." - Jackie Morris, author of THE LOST WORDS

'This is cracking. Original, honest voices and a vivid portrayal of a London rarely seen in literature' Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

'A vivid and affecting account of estate life, both blighted by frustration and elevated by dreams we can all recognise and share' Stephen Kelman, author of PIGEON ENGLISH

"A blazing, swaggering, polyphonic debut. Here is London through the eyes of those ‘with elsewhere in their blood’. Gunaratne has a ventriloquist’s command of voice, a film-maker’s eye, and talent to burn." Simon Wroe, author of HERE COMES TROUBLE

'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

What it's about:

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 announces the arrival of a major new talent in fiction.

IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY - WINNER of the International Dylan Thomas Prize and Jhalak Prize 2019

Winner:

International Dylan Thomas Prize 2019

Jhalak Prize 2019

Longlisted:

The Booker Prize 2018

Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2019

Shortlisted:

The Goldsmiths Prize 2018

Authors Club Best First Novel Award 2019

The Gordon Burn Prize 2018

The Writers Guild Award 2018

Tinder Press/Hachette (UK) Hardback: 19 Apr 2018 | Paperback: 7 Feb 2019

MCD x FSG (US) 11 Dec 2018

Chosen by Ali Smith as one of 2018's best debut fiction, IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY is an unforgettable portrait of 48 hours on a London council estate, and will appeal to readers of NW, THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES or fans of THIS IS ENGLAND or LA HAINE.

"A novel that’s a piece of communal vitality, choral in its urgency, one that squares up to the history of division, makes contemporary disjuncture come alive on the page, doesn’t flinch, and demands change right now." - Ali Smith

"Guy Gunaratne throws words against the wall and makes us watch them bounce. You feel the heat, reel from the sound, and bump to the unstoppable pulse. A novel so of this moment that you don't even realize you've waited your whole life for it." - Marlon James

Reviews:

TLS: "Place, and its dialects run like boiling blood through the story"

The Guardian: "...a rich, authentic debut"

Fresh voices: 50 writers you should read now: "...a blazing polyphonic debut"

The Observer: "A tinderbox debut"

The Irish Times: "...a prose that just plain deserves to be read."

The Independent: "Think Zadie Smith meets This Is England"

'What a voice. What an ear for language. No mean feat to capture the street, the nuance of black experience, the architecture of so many different lives. It's a brave and original piece of work' Kit de Waal, author of MY NAME IS LEON

'This is cracking. Original, honest voices and a vivid portrayal of a London rarely seen in literature' Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

'A vivid and affecting account of estate life, both blighted by frustration and elevated by dreams we can all recognise and share' Stephen Kelman, author of PIGEON ENGLISH

"A blazing, swaggering, polyphonic debut. Here is London through the eyes of those ‘with elsewhere in their blood’. Gunaratne has a ventriloquist’s command of voice, a film-maker’s eye, and talent to burn." Simon Wroe, author of HERE COMES TROUBLE

'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

What it's about:

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 announces the arrival of a major new talent in fiction.

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