The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest
Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest's astonishing debut novel elevates the ordinary to the extraordinary in this multi -generational tale set in contemporary south London.
Young Londoners Becky, Harry and Leon are escaping the city with a suitcase full of stolen money. Taking us back in time, and into the heart of the capital, The Bricks that Built the Houses explores a cross-section of contemporary urban life with a powerful moral and literary microscope, exposing the everyday stories that lie behind the tired faces on the morning commute, and what happens when your best intentions don't always lead to the right decisions.
Wise but never cynical, and driven by empathy and ethics, it leads us into the homes and hearts of ordinary people and their families and communities, giving us a unique perspective on how we live with and love each other.
The Bricks that Built the Houses introduces a thrilling new literary voice.
About the Author
Poet, rapper, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest grew up in south-east London, where she still lives. Her epic poem, Brand New Ancients - a modern-day myth set in south London - won the Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry in 2013, making her the first-ever recipient under 40. Her plays include GlassHouse, Wasted and Hopelessly Devoted. Her debut solo album, Everybody Down, a narrative-led hip hop record based on The Bricks that Built the Houses, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2014. Kate Tempest's second poetry collection, Hold Your Own was published in 2014, when she was also named by the Poetry Society as a Next Generation Poet, a once a decade accolade. The Bricks that Built the Houses is her first novel.
Paperback | 416 pages
135 x 216 x 38mm | 454g
07 Apr 2016
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
London, United Kingdom
Condition: Very Good
A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including very minimal (barely visible) scuff marks along the edges. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.