In Our Mad and Furious City

Author(s): Guy Gunaratne

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'A riotous hymn to urban life... passionate, compelling' Guardian
'A novel that doesn't flinch, and demands change right now' Ali Smith
'A novel so of this moment that you don't even realize you've waited your whole life for it' Marlon James

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 marks the arrival of a major new talent in fiction.


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A timely read, addressing the urgent questions of our divided society. We're sure Guy is set for big things - Metro It 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 Guy's characters are drawn with compassion and flair, and I was captivated by their humanity Guy Gunaratne tells a compelling tale. He channels the language of the street while handling complex narrative structures with heady flair. He is plainly a talent to watch

Guy Gunaratne grew up in North West London and has worked as a designer, documentary filmmaker and video journalist covering post-conflict areas around the world, as well as co-founding two technology companies. He was shortlisted for the 4th Estate/Guardian Books B4ME Short Story Prize.

General Fields

  • : 9781472250209
  • : Headline Publishing Group
  • : Headline Book Publishing
  • : 0.41
  • : February 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Guy Gunaratne
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 304