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The Hypocrite

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399613224

Price: £18.99

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What happens when we stop idolising the generations above us? Stop idolising our own parents?

What happens when we become frightened of the generations below us? Frightened of our own children?


The Aeolian islands, 2010. Sophia, on the cusp of adulthood, spends a long hot summer with her father in Sicily. There she falls in love for the first time. There she works as her father’s amanuensis, typing the novel he dictates, a story about sex and gender divides. There, their relationship fractures.

London, Summer 2020. Sophia’s father, a 61-year-old novelist who does not feel himself to be a bad or outdated person sits in a large theatre, surrounded by strangers, watching his daughter’s first play. A play that takes that Sicilian holiday is its subject. A play that will force him to watch his purported crimes play out in front of him.

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I loved Jo Hamya's elegantly plotted and wickedly funny The Hypocrite. A perfect and perfectly merciless novel
Sarah Bernstein, author of the Booker-shortlisted STUDY FOR OBEDIENCE
Caustically funny
Martin Chilton, THE INDEPENDENT
The Hypocrite is an acid chamber piece that skewers the father, mother and daughter at its heart without denying them their messy, affecting humanity. It's tense, it's painful, it's funny. I loved it
Chris Power, author of A LONELY MAN
[A] sharp, insightful read.
Jo Finney, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
A taut, poised portrait of a father-daughter relationship and the attitudinal clash between generations.
Madeleine Feeny, THE BOOKSELLER, Editor's Choice
The Hypocrite is a sharp book, beautifully written. Jo Hamya poses complex questions - about art and ethics, family life and sexual mores - and withholds from her reader any easy answers
Rumaan Alam, author of LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND
I thought The Hypocrite was brilliant. Thrilling and unpredictable, as a story of misunderstanding and failed connection, told with a dreamy, Sofia Coppola-esque quality. As a portrayal of artistic creation fuelled by bitterness, The Hypocrite uncovers an uncomfortable truth: how a piece of art can both unify and alienate
Natasha Brown, author of ASSEMBLY
Hamya writes with real wit... Since the publication of her debut novel, Three Rooms, her style has rightly been compared to Rachel Cusk's. With this original novel- sensitively observed and artfully paced- she breaks out into something of her own.
Lucy Thynne, LITERARY REVIEW
The Hypocrite is a brooding, taut novel.
Anna Bonet, I PAPER
Sharp, witty and astute about parents and children, but never cruel; I enjoyed it hugely
David Nicholls, ONE DAY
I relished the original emotional pulse of The Hypocrite, a compulsive tale of a reckoning with memory and responsibility played out in real time
Laura Bailey
The Hypocrite is engrossing, acerbic and elegantly executed. Jo Hamya artfully reveals her characters' flaws and vulnerabilities with humour, wit and style
Lauren Aimee Curtis, author of STRANGERS AT THE PORT

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