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The Bricks that Built the Houses - Kate Tempest

The Bricks that Built the Houses - Kate Tempest

Title: The Bricks that Built the Houses

Author:  Kate Tempest

ISBN:  9781408857304

Weight:  795g

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The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest

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.

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

This is a bold, bright, beguiling novel; a lustrous pageant that dazzles and grips.  An irresistible, immersive snapshot of a changing world, delivered in woozy, staccato sentences.  There’s great pleasure to be taken from Tempest’s debut.

Sunday Telegraph

One of the leading wordsmiths of our time.  She turns her raw, observational skills in book form to the urban young growing up poor – sex, drugs and increasing poverty amid the looming threat of gentrification.

Jon Snow, journalist and television presenter

A story of accidental adventure and loss in what feels like London’s boiling crucible of race, class and sexuality.  This novel requires giving oneself over to its linguistic world.  It seems not just to describe a contemporary world but chart the migratory and class movements that has led it to its current state.

Andrew McMillan, Independent

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Title: The Bricks that Built the Houses
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Imprint: Bloomsbury Circus
Media adaptation: BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: five 15-minute episodes, broadcast Mon–Fri at 10:45pm from Mon 23 May 2016.
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781408857304
ISBN 10: 1408857308
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 399
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 145 x 37mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Alex Gent
Jacket design: Greg Heinimann
Jacket illustration: Greg Heinimann

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