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Queenie

Queenie


THE NUMBER TWO SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

‘Hilarious, compelling, painful, enlightening, honest. I loved it.’ – Dolly Alderton
‘Brilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking’ – Jojo Moyes
‘A vital, often very funny novel’ – The Sunday Times
‘Inspirational, funny and wise’ – Kit de Waal
‘Perfect for anyone who loves Fleabag’ – Mail on Sunday


Queenie Jenkins can’t cut a break. Well, apart from the one from her long term boyfriend, Tom. That’s definitely just a break though. Definitely not a break up. Then there’s her boss who doesn’t seem to see her and her Caribbean family who don’t seem to listen (if it’s not Jesus or water rates, they’re not interested). She’s trying to fit in two worlds that don’t really understand her. It’s no wonder she’s struggling.

She was named to be queen of everything. So why is she finding it so hard to rule her own life?

A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on life, love, race and family, QUEENIE will have you nodding in recognition, crying in solidarity, and rooting for this unforgettable character every step of the way.

Perfect for fans of Dolly Alderton, Elizabeth Day, Sally Rooney and Diana Evans, and anyone who loved Fleabag.

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Praise for QUEENIE:

‘I was engrossed and loved Queenie – her humour, her pain, her politics, her friends, her family.’ – Diana Evans

‘Candice gives so generously with her joy, pain and humour, that we cannot help but become fully immersed in the life of Queenie – a beautiful and compelling book.’ – Afua Hirsch

*This book has been printed with three different colour cover designs. We are unable to accept requests for a specific cover. The different covers will be assigned to orders at random*
Queen of the Mersey

Queen of the Mersey

A wonderfully involving family story that begins in Liverpool at the beginning of the Second World War and spans forty turbulent years.

Liverpool, 1939. The Second World War is about to start when pretty Laura Oliver meets Queenie Todd. Laura is twenty-one and happily married. At fourteen, Queenie lacks Laura’s confidence and has been deserted by her good-time mother.

The two become friends, but when the air raids begin Queenie is trusted to look after two young children, and the three of them are evacuated to a small town on the coast of Wales. At first, it is a haven of peace and quiet. The girls have a wonderful time – and then something happens, so terrifying that it will haunt them for the rest of their lives.
People Person

People Person

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of QUEENIE comes a propulsive story of heart, humour, homecoming.



People Person is a triumph. Caleb Azumah Nelson

Wonderful. Marian Keyes

I loved it. Sara Collins

It’s as warm and infectious, as familiar and true as Queenie. Diana Evans

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY…

YOU WOULDN’T CHOOSE THE PENNINGTONS.



Dimple Pennington knew of her half siblings, but she didn’t really know them. Five people who don’t have anything in common except for faint memories of being driven through Brixton in their dad’s gold jeep, and some pretty complex abandonment issues.

Dimple has bigger things to think about. She’s thirty, and her life isn’t really going anywhere. An aspiring lifestyle influencer with a terrible and wayward boyfriend, Dimple’s life has shrunk to the size of a phone screen. And despite a small but loyal following, she’s never felt more alone.

That is, until a catastrophic event brings her half siblings Nikisha, Danny, Lizzie and Prynce crashing back into her life. And when they’re all forced to reconnect with Cyril Pennington, the absent father they never really knew, things get even more complicated.

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of QUEENIE comes a propulsive story of heart, humour, homecoming, and about the truest meaning of family you can get when your dad loves his jeep more than he loves his children.
Notting Hill Carnival (Quick Reads)

Notting Hill Carnival (Quick Reads)

Sapphire is the hot-headed leader of the Red Roses in an area where gang loyalty is all that matters. But after a tragic event, Sapphire vows to leave her old life, friends and her gang behind. Life without the Red Roses and the violence that always followed them is certainly quieter.

When she meets a boy called Apollo on her way to Notting Hill Carnival, she forms an instant bond with him. She thinks he could be the one. Until she discovers he’s a member of rival gang, the Gold Teeth. Will she ever escape her past with the Red Roses, and how many lives will be ruined until she does?

Funny, emotional and raw, with the Notting Hill Carnival acting as the backdrop of this retelling of West Side Story, by the Sunday Times bestselling author of Queenie.
Who's Loving You

Who's Loving You

‘A beautiful collection that I both lost and found myself in. Unbelievably exciting stories from some show-stoppingly talented writers.’ Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie.

Lost love. Forbidden Love. Unrequited love. Tenderness. Desire. Romance. Passion.

Who’s Loving You? is a celebration of love in all its guises written by women of colour, with ten original short stories from bold new voices, literary prize-winners and national treasures.

Two souls come together and are torn apart, lifetime after lifetime. A seed of hope begins to grow out of the ashes of grief, heartbreak and loss. Romance sparks in the most unexpected of places. And an unbreakable bond is formed that transcends countries, continents and even the boundaries of time…

In this extraordinary collection, ten writers explore the full spectrum of love in all its messy, joyful, agonising and exhilarating forms. Celebrating and centring the romance, passion and desire of women of colour, these stories burn with an intensity and longing that lingers long after the final page.

WHO’S LOVING US? LET US SHOW YOU…

* Rowan Hisayo Buchanan * Sara Collins * Danielle DASH * Sareeta Domingo * Sara Jafari * Dorothy Koomson * KUCHENGA * Kelechi Okafor * Amna Saleem * Varaidzo *
Hope & Glory

Hope & Glory

‘So deliciously South London.’ – Yomi Adegoke, author of SLAY IN YOUR LANE

‘A sweeping, rich tale that explores family, secrets, loss, love and redemption within the context of a tessellation of cultures – written with a beautiful texture, Benson pulls you in to a deftly-woven story with tautly-written sentences, and before you know it you find yourself in too deep to get out, too deep to want to get out, wanting to know more.’
– Bolu Babalola, author of LOVE IN COLOUR

‘Jendella Benson has drawn such a compelling world that Hope and Glory, the book and the characters themselves, stayed with me long after I’d turned the final pages.’ – Candice Carty-Williams, author of QUEENIE

Glory arrives back in Peckham, from her seemingly-glamorous life in LA, to mourn the sudden death of her father, and finds her previously-close family has fallen apart in her absence. Her brother, Victor, has been jailed; her sister, Faith, appears to have lost her independence and ambition; and their mother, Celeste, is headed towards a breakdown. Glory is thrown by their disarray, and rather than returning to America she decides to stay and try to bring them all together again. However, when she unearths a huge family secret, Glory risks losing everyone she truly cares about in her pursuit of the truth.

HOPE AND GLORY is a rich, heart-warming story of loss, love and family chaos, and marks an exciting new voice in fiction.
Hell of a Book

Hell of a Book

*WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION 2021*
‘Truly one hell of a book.’ CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS, author of QUEENIE



‘Powerful, timely, and provocative’ ABI DARÉ
‘An important book and everyone should read it’ IMRAN MAHMOOD
‘More than lives up to its title’ CHARLES YU



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THIS IS A TRUE STORY.
An author goes on a book tour for his new bestseller Hell of a Book – which, as people keep telling him, is one hell of a book.

THIS IS A COMING-OF-AGE STORY.
One morning, he meets The Kid – a young Black boy who looks just like the one on the news who was shot by the police. And The Kid wants him to tell his story.

THIS IS A SAD STORY.
It’s the story of a boy who spent most of his life trying to hide, and to not be seen. And it may not be that different from the story of our author.

THIS IS A LOVE STORY.
But to find out why, you’ll have to read it for yourself.

THIS IS A STORY UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE EVER READ. THIS IS A HELL OF A BOOK.
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‘Poignant and beautiful … A story of race, family, love, and justice. It’s original and Jason Mott is a talent.’
Jenna Bush Hager, Read With Jenna/Today Show Book Club

‘An extraordinary emotional roller coaster of a read – I tore through this profoundly moving novel in a day but have been thinking about it ever since.’
Abi Daré, author of The Girl with the Louding Voice

‘Playful, searching, raw and necessary, this writing, this voice, this novel twisted me up and turned me inside out, dazzled me, surprised me and moved me.’
Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown

‘A beautiful and deeply moving book’
Imran Mahmood, author of You Don’t Know Me

‘How to possibly describe this novel without simply borrowing from its moniker? It is, after all, a hell of a bookEntertainment Weekly

‘Stunning, humorous, insightful, poetic, cinematic’
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Hell of a Book consistently proves itself to be more than the sum of its parts: a farce that provokes contemplation, a publishing parody that rings true; an honest and emotive meditation on systematic racial injustice and the myriad ways in which it breaks the human soul. Sharp, funny, evocative and never anything less than utterly poignant’
Irish Times

‘For all its moments of levity, Mott has written a deadly serious story … Hell of a Book offers a disturbing portrait of a nation that’s been lying to itself all its years. In this way, the novel feels like a plea – intense, moving, urgent, and vital.’
Washington Independent Review of Books

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