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Date: 8th February, 2024
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A SUNDAY TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2024 A BBC MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2024 AN INDEPENDENT BEST FICTION TO READ IN 2024 A NEW STATESMAN FICTION HIGHLIGHT OF 2024 A GUARDIAN BEST BOOK TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2024 AN i-D FICTION HIGHLIGHT TO BE EXCITED FOR IN 2024 'A deeply felt and rich enactment of love, loneliness and personal triumph that leaves an indelible mark on modern Queer life' OCEAN VUONG The town was once a hub of industry. A place where men toiled underground in darkness, picking and shovelling in the dust and the sleck. It was dangerous and back-breaking work but it meant something. Once, the town provided, it was important; it had purpose. But what is it now? Brothers Alex and Brian have spent their whole life in the town where their father lived and his father, too. Now in his middle age and still reeling from the collapse of his personal life, Alex must reckon with a part of his identity he has long tried to conceal. His only child Simon has no memory of the mines. Now in his twenties and working in a call centre, he derives passion from his side hustle in sex work and his weekly drag gigs. Set across three generations of South Yorkshire mining family, Andrew McMillan's magnificent debut novel is a lament for a lost way of life as well as a celebration of resilience and the possibility for change.