THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 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. 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
Becky, Harry and Leon are leaving London in an old car with a suitcase full of money. They hope to escape everything they were raised to know, as well as everything they were told to avoid. As the book progresses, we are introduced to their lives before their escape, a world of destructive relationships, drugs and terror on the streets. Tempest uses her slam poetry roots to construct a powerful and lyrical book where every sentence deserves to be read twice and considered long after the final page is turned. Sure to be a new classic, with language and a story ready to be devoured. A truly heart-wrenching book.
Recommended by Lorraine Levis, Dubray Blackrock