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Summary

One of the Observer's 10 must-read debut novelists of 2022.

Sayon Hughes, a young Black man from Bristol, dreams of a world far removed from the one in which he was raised. Far removed from the torn slips outside the bookie's, the burnt spoons and the crooked solutions his community embraces; most of all, removed from the Christianity of his uncaring parents and the prejudice of law-makers.

Growing up, Sayon found respite from the chaos of his environment in the love and loyalty of his brother-in-arms, Cuba; in the example of his cousin Hakim, a man once known as the most infamous drug-dealer in their neighbourhood, now a proselytising Muslim and in the tenderness of his girl, Shona, whose own sense of purpose galvanises Sayon's. 

In return, Sayon wants to give the people he loves the world: a house atop a grand hill in the most affluent area of the city, a home in which they can forever find joy and safety. But after an altercation in which a boy is killed, Sayon finds his loyalties torn and his dream of a better life in peril.

©2022 Moses McKenzie (P)2022 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic reviews

"A rare glimpse into the harsh realities of street life and love in luminous prose, rendered with sensitivity and without sentimentalism. An astonishing debut." (Cherie Jones, author of How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House)
 

"A remarkable debut, bristling with sharp prose and daring originality." (Nathan Harris, author of The Sweetness of Water)

"Engrossing.... A tough yet tender story of faith and friendship." (Observer)

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Stunning debut

Tremendous , poetic, Full of vivid imagery and characters that become more understandable with every chapter. A thoroughly enjoyable listen with Louis, a mesmerising narrator. Awesome !

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Highly recommend

Couldn't stop listening..
The narration took me head first into Sayon's world. Loved it.. looking forward to the next book already