IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY follows three young men on a London council estate over two days when suddenly everything is at stake
*LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018*
'A novel so of this moment that you don't even realise you've waited your whole life for it' Marlon James
'A riotous hymn to urban life... passionate, compelling' Guardian
'A novel that doesn't flinch, and demands change right now' Ali Smith
IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY is a love letter to London's streets: one of the most talked-about debuts of 2018, it will be devoured by fans of A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS or THE YEAR OF RUNAWAYS.
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.
The book I'm telling anyone who asks me about - Guardian
A beautiful, fierce storm of a book, full of courage and hope
What a voice, what an ear for language... A brave and original piece of work
A blistering look at a city on the edge that will sweep you up until you reach the book's breathless, devastating conclusion - Stylist
Always vivid. Deserves to be read - Irish Times
Guy Gunaratne grew up in North West London and has worked as a designer, documentary filmmaker and video journalist covering post-conflict areas around the world, as well as co-founding two technology companies. He was shortlisted for the 4th Estate/Guardian Books B4ME Short Story Prize.