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Hot Stew: the new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of Elmet

Fiona Mozley

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A riotous novel about sex and money set in the electric world of Soho, featuring a group of sex workers, a billionaire Russian oligarch, a nearly over-the-hill actor, junkie vagabonds, a once far-right extremist and a very glamorous borzoi

'Hot Stew reads like a great night out in a city that never sleeps' Jan Carson

'Fiona Mozley not only fulfills her promise but surpasses it. Her new stew is such a steaming, fuming mix of life, lust and London that in the end you feel like you've eaten all of Soho' Hallgrimur Helgason
'Did you know in Tudor times all the brothels were south of the river in Southwark and it was only much later that they moved up this way to Soho. Stews, they were called then.'

Pungent, steamy, insatiable Soho; the only part of London that truly never sleeps. Tourists dawdling, chancers skulking, addicts shuffling, sex workers strutting, punters prowling, businessmen striding, the homeless and the lost. Down Wardour Street, ducking onto Dean Street, sweeping into L'Escargot, darting down quiet back alleyways, skirting dumpsters and drunks, emerging on to raucous main roads, fizzing with energy and riotous with life.

On a corner, sits a large townhouse, the same as all its neighbours. But this building hosts a teeming throng of rich and poor, full from the basement right up to the roof terrace. Precious and Tabitha call the top floors their home but it's under threat; its billionaire-owner Agatha wants to kick the women out to build expensive restaurants and luxury flats. Men like Robert, who visit the brothel, will have to go elsewhere. Those like Cheryl, who sleep in the basement, will have to find somewhere else to hide after dark. But the women won't go quietly. Soho is their turf and they are ready for a fight.

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Praise for Hot Stew: the new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of Elmet

  • Mozley has an incredible gift for writing place. The Soho she pitches her readers into is bold, frenetic and full of life. It's impossible not to be drawn in. Hot Stew reads like a great night out in a city that never sleeps. Her characters have a Dickensian swagger. They are backstreet heroes and villains, trying not to be eaten alive by the city they both love and hate - Jan Carson

  • Fiona Mozley not only fulfills her promise but surpasses it. Her new stew is such a steaming, fuming mix of life, lust and London that in the end you feel like you've eaten all of Soho - Hallgrimur Helgason, author of The Woman at 1000 Degrees

  • Fiona Mozley's Elmet was a breakout title in 2018 and her follow-up Hot Stew should make even more waves. Set in contemporary Soho, Precious and Tabitha are working in a brothel and the new plans to turn their home into luxury flats do not sit well. Deftly exploring a very real clash of cultures, this is a funny and smart book - Stylist

  • [An] absurdly good read. In the first few pages, she moves from a snail escaping a pot of escargots to a multi-century history of Soho before settling down to tell a rollicking tale of pimps and prostitutes, property and posterity - Alex Preston, Observer

  • A chronicle of a teeming, disparate household in London's steamy, insatiable Soho - Irish Times

  • I was floored by Mozley's debut novel, Elmet . . . I'm hoping her sophomore effort will bring her the stardom she deserves - LitHub

  • The talented Mozley takes on gentrification, Soho and property in a rambunctious, rewarding read - i

  • Mozley's Soho is a village populated by a cast of characters as vivid and memorable as any imagined by Dickens. In gorgeously beguiling prose, their pasts and presents are deftly woven into a story that tells uncomfortable truths about power and money and the state of our cities. I loved this book - Louise Kennedy

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Fiona Mozley

Fiona Mozley grew up in York and lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Elmet, won a Somerset Maugham Award and the Polari Prize. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Dublin Literary Award and the International Dylan Thomas Prize. In 2018 Fiona Mozley was shortlisted for the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award.

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