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The Bricks that Built the Houses

The Bricks that Built the Houses 1

by Kate Tempest
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/04/2016
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Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest's electrifying debut novel takes us into the beating heart of the capital in this multi-generational tale of drugs, desire and belonging.

Appearing at the 2016 Sydney Writer's Festival

It gets into your bones... You don't even realise it, until you're driving through it, watching all the things you've always known and leaving them behind.

Young Londoners Becky, Harry and Leon are leaving town in a fourth-hand Ford Cortina with a suitcase full of money. They are running from jealous boyfriends, dead-end jobs, violent maniacs and disgruntled drug dealers, in the hope of escaping the restless tedium of life in south-east London - the place they have always called home.

As the story moves back in time, to before they had to leave, we see them torn between confidence and self-loathing, between loneliness and desire, between desperate ambition and the terrifying prospect of getting nothing done.

In The Bricks that Built The Houses Kate Tempest explores contemporary city life with a powerful moral microscope, giving us irresistible stories of hidden lives, and showing us how the best intentions don't always lead to the right decisions

ISBN:
9781408857311
9781408857311
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-04-2016
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
416
Dimensions (mm):
216x135mm
Weight:
0.45kg
Kate Tempest

Kae Tempest is an award-winning, Sunday Times bestselling author, poet and recording artist. Tempest won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award, was nominated for a Costa Book Award and a BRIT Award, has been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize twice and was nominated for two Ivor Novello Awards.

They were also named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society, a decennial accolade. They released their fourth studio album, The Book of Traps and Lessons, in 2019, produced by Rick Rubin. Tempest grew up in South-East London, where they still live today. 

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Customer Reviews

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4 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • Fierce & Exhilarating

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    Here's a book that roots itself in the here and now of urban life and screams out at the mediocrity and pain of inescapable poverty.

    Kate Tempest is a UK rapper and her energy and musicality is alive on the page. It electrifies the the voices of Becky and Harry, two South-East-London girls with enormous dreams and frightening realities. Their neighbourhood itself is almost a character in this tragic, redemptive novel. It was exhausting in the best possible way.