In Our Mad and Furious City | Guy Gunaratne
‘A vivid portrayal of a London rarely seen in literature’ Paula Hawkins
‘The book I’m telling anyone who asks me about’ Ali Smith, GuardianBooks of the Summer
‘Think Zadie Smith meets This is England‘ Independent
*Longlisted for the 2018 Gordon Burn Prize*
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.