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Hot Stew - Fiona Mozley

Hot Stew - Fiona Mozley

Title: Hot Stew

Signed first edition, first printing

Author:  Fiona Mozley

ISBN:  9781529327205

Weight:  925 g



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Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley

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.

‘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.

Peer & Press Reviews

There’s no evidence of difficult second-novel syndrome here…  At one level this rangily plotted romp is a pure nostalgia trip: a portrait of pre-pandemic Soho with all its unlikely cheek-by-jowl conjunctions and heady mixture of pleasure and sleaze.  But it’s also an exploration of exploitation and desire, privilege and prejudice.

Daily Mail

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, author of The End of the World is a Cul de Sac

A complex mosaic of urban life…  The Soho Mozley captures with such intensity is not a mere locality.  It is a microcosm of swarming humanity.  Change is, of course, a constant, but Mozley’s Hot Stew arrives like a clarion call to take up arms not against change per se, but against the homogenisation that so slowly but steadily suppresses it.


Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Hot Stew
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in before the title page.
(Printed on this page is the title, the phrase ‘Signed by the author’, the author’s name and the name of the publisher.)
Book Stats
Publisher John Murray (Publishers)
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781529327205
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 311
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 31mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket illustration Steven Jenkins (Soho)
Shutterstock (hands)

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