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Queenie
‘Hilarious, compelling, painful, enlightening, honest. I loved it’ – Dolly Alderton

‘Brilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking’ – Jojo Moyes

‘Inspirational, funny and wise’ – Kit de Waal

Queenie Jenkins can’t cut a break. Well, apart from one from her long term boyfriend, Tom. That’s definitely just a break though. Definitely not a break up. Stuck between a boss who doesn’t seem to see her, a family who don’t seem to listen (if it’s not Jesus or water rates, they’re not interested), and 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?

Perfect for fans of Dolly Alderton, Sally Rooney and Diana Evans, and anyone who loved Fleabag and Dear White People.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 10th April 2019

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781409180050

Reviews

A really special book with much to say about black female identity, sexual politics, group chats & emotional becoming in a way that feels totally unforced. Filthy, funny & profound
Sharlene Teo
Original, heart-breaking, funny and clever
DAILY MAIL
Adorable, funny, heartbreaking
Nina Stibbe
We are irresistibly drawn into Queenie's world by this fresh romcom which is wry and often hilarious, even when it goes to some dark places.
SUNDAY EXPRESS
Queenie is the sort of novel you just can't stop talking about and want everyone you know to read. Snort your tea out funny one moment and utterly heart-breaking the next ... I absolutely loved it
AJ Pearce
Hilarious and off the wall and tender
Nikesh Shukla
Brilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking
Jojo Moyes
I was engrossed and loved Queenie - her humour, her pain, her politics, her friends, her family!
Diana Evans
This is an important, timely and disarming novel, thirst-quenching and long overdue: one that will be treasured by "any type of black girl" and hordes of other readers besides.
GUARDIAN
Candice gives so generously with her joy, pain and humour ... a beautiful and compelling book
Afua Hirsch
Candice Carty-Williams is a fantastic new writer who has written a deliciously funny, characterful, topical and thrilling novel for our times.
Bernardine Evaristo
This topical, timely debut's bracing frankness has a blazing purpose... vital and often funny
SUNDAY TIMES
Candice Carty Williams is my new favourite writer and she will be yours, too...I needed this book in my early twenties. I have never felt so seen in fiction. My heart is full.
Alexandra Sheppard
Filled with raw emotion tempered with wry humour, this debut is bitter-sweet.
SUNDAY MIRROR
Funny, wise and of the moment, this book and this writer are the ones to watch
Kit de Waal
This debut is original, heart-breaking, funny and clever, and also carries many important messages... [this] book blew my mind in all the best ways. I'm still rooting for Queenie long after turning the final page.
DAILY MAIL
One of the buzziest debuts of 2019
THE GUARDIAN
We are irresistibly drawn into Queenie's world by a romcom which is wry and often hilarious.
DAILY MIRROR
Hilarious, compelling, painful, enlightening, honest. I loved it.
Dolly Alderton
A candid and funny, no-holds-barred exploration of a young black Woman's life... Carty- Williams is a talented writer with a fresh perspective that the publishing industry desperately needs. Joyous, memorable and necessary.
EVENING STANDARD
This is a funny, clever, heartbreaking lightning bolt of a first novel, by a writer bristling with talent.
THE TIMES
Incredibly funny, this is the book that everyone will be talking about.
CLOSER
This smart, funny, and tender debut embraces a modern woman's messiness.
starred review, Booklist
perfect for anyone who loved Fleabag
MAIL ON SUNDAY
A delight from start to finish... a little bit of Fleabag but less double-barrelled and more relatable
I
I ate this up in one greedy, joyous gulp. I loved Queenie and was cheering her on all the way
Cathy Rentzenbrink
Smart, thoughtful and funny
RED
Queenie is a masterclass in how to write accessible political fiction about race and gender. Funny, relatable, sad, and hopeful; Candice Carty-Williams is a writer to watch.
Christie Watson
A black Bridget Jones, perfectly of the moment.
starred review, Kirkus
I enjoyed Queenie a lot; sharp, relatable, and incredibly evocative
Jenny Colgan
Honest and heartfelt
PSYCHOLOGIES
[A] smart and breezy comic debut
OBSERVER
This year welcomes Candice Carty-Williams to the literary scene. In 2016, best-selling author Jojo Moyes offered the use of her rural cottage to a wannabe novelist trying to finish a book; she selected Candice from more than 600 applicants.
GRAZIA
A blistering blend of funny, filthy, frank and dark, this is the mark of a true voice at work.
HEAT
Queenie has all the things you want in a debut novel - a startlingly fresh voice, characters you fall in love with from the very first page, and a joyous turn of phrase that makes this book almost impossible to put down. In turns hilariously funny and quietly devastating, Queenie is an important, timely story.
Louise O'Neill
Queenie is the best mate we all want - funny, sharp and more than a little vulnerable. I loved climbing inside her mind and wish I could have stayed longer. I adored this novel
Stacey Halls