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Lot

· Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 ·

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One of Barack Obama’s “Favourite Books of the Year” ·

· A New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2019 ·

‘A superb book’ Max Porter, author of Lanny

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Stories of a young man finding his place among family and community in Houston, from a powerful, emerging American voice.

In an apartment block, the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He’s working at his family’s restaurant, trying to dodge his brother’s fists and resenting his older sister’s absence. He’s also discovering he likes boys…

All around him his friends and neighbours experience the tumult of living in the margins. Their stories – of living, thriving and dying across the city’s myriad neighbourhoods – are stitched throughout the boy’s life to reveal a young woman caught out in an affair, the fortunes of a rag-tag baseball team and a group of young hustlers, a local drug dealer who takes a Guatemalan teen under his wing, and the fate of a camera-shy mythical beast. With brilliant and soulful insight into what makes a community, a family and a life, Lot is about love in all its unsparing and unsteady forms.

The Cat and The City

A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick

‘A love letter to Japan and its literature’ Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

‘Ingenious… Touching, surprising and sometimes heartbreaking’ Guardian

‘An ideal tonic for anyone craving far-flung adventure’ Mail on Sunday

‘If you’re itching to read a new novel by David Mitchell…try this’ The Times
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In Tokyo – one of the world’s largest megacities – a stray cat is wending her way through the back alleys. And, with each detour, she brushes up against the seemingly disparate lives of the city-dwellers, connecting them in unexpected ways.

But the city is changing. As it does, it pushes her to the margins where she chances upon a series of apparent strangers – from a homeless man squatting in an abandoned hotel, to a shut-in hermit afraid to leave his house, to a convenience store worker searching for love. The cat orbits Tokyo’s denizens, drawing them ever closer.

‘Masterfully weaves together seemingly disparate threads to conjure up a vivid tapestry of Tokyo; its glory, its shame, its characters, and a calico cat.’ David Peace, author of THE TOKYO TRILOGY

One of the Independent‘s best debuts

Longlisted for the DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD, 2021