Guy+Gunaratne credit Cade Moulla

Novel Writers: Guy Gunaratne

In Our Mad and Furious City

Novel Writers/
Thu 06 December 2018

Novel Writers: Guy Gunaratne

In Our Mad and Furious City

Guy+Gunaratne credit Cade Moulla
Thu 06 December 2018,

Each month we invite a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in an informal setting. Prior knowledge of the text is not essential. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books.

This month, Guy Gunaratne talks about his blistering debut novel, In Our Mad and Furious City (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018), an unforgettable portrait of 48 hours on a London council estate.

For Selvon, Ardan, and Yusuf, growing up under the towers of Stones Estate, summer means what it does anywhere: football, music, and 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.

Desire, desperation, fear and the slashed rhythms of Wiley and Skepta run through this tale of three young men in a jagged London suburb – The Guardian

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