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Open Water

by Caleb Azumah Nelson

Hardback £12.99
Published 4th February 2021, 176 pages
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‘A beautiful and powerful novel about the true and sometimes painful depths of love’ Candice Carty-Williams, bestselling author of QUEENIE

Two young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists - he a photographer, she a dancer - trying to make their mark in a city that by turns celebrates and rejects them. Tentatively, tenderly, they fall in love. But two people who seem destined to be together can still be torn apart by fear and violence.

At once an achingly beautiful love story and a potent insight into race and masculinity, Open Water asks what it means to be a person in a world that sees you only as a Black body, to be vulnerable when you are only respected for strength, to find safety in love, only to lose it. With gorgeous, soulful intensity, Caleb Azumah Nelson has written the most essential British debut of recent years.

‘A love song to Black art and thought’ Yaa Gyasi, bestselling author of HOMEGOING

‘An amazing debut novel. You should read this book. Let’s hear it for Caleb Azumah Nelson, also known as the future’ Benjamin Zephaniah

‘A very touching and heartfelt book’ Diana Evans, award-winning author of ORDINARY PEOPLE

Caleb is a star in the making’ Nikesh Shukla, editor of THE GOOD IMMIGRANT

‘A stunning piece of art’ Bolu Babalola, bestselling author of LOVE IN COLOUR

‘For those that are missing the tentative depiction of love in Normal People , Caleb Azumah Nelson’s Open Water is set to become one of 2021’s unmissable books. Utterly transporting, it’ll leave you weeping and in awe.’ Stylist

An exhilarating new voice in British fiction’ Vogue

‘An intense, elegant debut’ Guardian

Details

Open Water
by Caleb Azumah Nelson

ISBN
9780241448779

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
Feb. 4, 2021

Dimensions
20.4cm x 13.8cm x 1.8cm

Page count
176 pages