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Open Water

by Caleb Azumah Nelson

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Published 4th February 2021, 160 pages
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‘A tender and touching love story, beautifully told’ Observer 10 Best Debut Novelists of 2021

‘A beautiful and powerful novel about the true and sometimes painful depths of love’ Candice Carty-Williams, bestselling author of QUEENIE


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

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.

‘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

‘A lyrical modern love story, brilliant on music and art, race and London life, I enjoyed it hugely’ David Nicholls, author of ONE DAY and SWEET SORROW

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

‘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

A poetic novel about Black identity and first love in the capital from one of Britain’s most exciting young voices Harper’s Bazaar

‘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
160 pages