BOOKS

When I Hit You

Meena Kandasamy

RRP: £8.99

1 March 2018

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786491282

RRP: £12.99

4 May 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786491268

RRP: £7.99

4 May 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786491275

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018
LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE 2018

Guardian’s Best Books of 2017
Daily Telegraph’s Best Books of 2017
Observer Best Books of 2017
Financial Times Best Books of 2017

“Meena Kandasamy’s vivid, sharp and precise writing makes a triumph of When I Hit You: Or, a Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife(Atlantic)”- Guardian

Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed coastal town, she swiftly learns that what for her is a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process, she attempts to push back – a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.

REVIEWS

Explosive
Guardian

Searing
Financial Times

Scorching
Observer

Shattering
Daily Telegraph

Courageous and brave and disturbing and will stay with you for a long time
Stylist

A powerful portrait of an abusive marriage... [Meena Kandasamy is] an astonishingly talented young female writer.
The Pool

One of the most important and shocking and poetic books of 2017
Readwomen

Fierce and unforgettable
Culturefly

Brilliant... Astonishing... By far the best read of the year
Women Writers