Mister, Mister

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Author: Guy Gunaratne

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Tinder Press

ISBN: 9781472250254

RRP: $24.99

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‘A quicksilver astonishment of a book. Just read it’ Kiran Millwood Hargrave

‘A rollercoaster coming of age picaresque’ Observer

‘A provocative powder keg. So compelling’ Times

An exuberantly imaginative novel of Britishness and unbelonging from the prizewinning author of In Our Mad and Furious City.

When Yahya Bas finds himself in a UK detention centre after fleeing the conflict in Syria, he has many questions to face. What was he doing in the desert? Why does he hate this country? Why did he write the incendiary verses which turned him into an online sensation and a media pariah?

Mister, his interrogator, wants to keep him locked up. So he decides to tell his life story. On his own terms.

Following a child that East Ham made who becomes the unwitting voice of a generation, Mister, Mister is also the story of a quest for a father and the discovery of another way to live in the shadow of war. Bracing, tender, exuberantly imaginative, this is a novel that only Guy Gunaratne could have written.

Guy Gunaratne is the author of IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY, which won the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Jhalak Prize and the Author’s Club First Novel Award, as well as being shortlisted for the Goldsmith’s and Gordon Burn, and longlisted for the Orwell Prize and the Booker. Their most recent novel is MISTER, MISTER. They are a Trustee on the Board of English PEN, and have been a judge for the Goldsmiths Prize and for the Folio Prize. In 2019, the Financial Times included them in its list of the ’30 Most Exciting Young People on the Planet’.

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