Keeping the House
Tice Cin, Max Porter
Shortlisted for the 2022 Jhalak Prize
Shortlisted for the 2022 Desmond Elliott Prize
Shortlisted for the 2022 British Book Awards, Book of the Year – Discover Award
Longlisted for the 2022 Gordon Burn Prize
Longlisted for the 2022 Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize
Winner of a 2022 Somerset Maugham Award
Cabbages . . . The Turkish variety are prized for their enlarged leaf bud, that’s where we put the heroin . . .
There’s a stash of heroin waiting to be imported, and no one seems sure what to do with it . . . But Ayla’s a gardener, and she has a plan.
Offering a fresh and funny take on the machinery of the North London heroin trade, Keeping the House lifts the lid on a covert world thriving just beneath notice: not only in McDonald’s queues and men’s clubs, but in spotless living rooms and whispering kitchens. Spanning three generations, this is the story of the women who keep their family – and their family business – afloat, juggling everything from police surveillance to trickier questions of community, belonging and love.
'Keeping the House is such a bold and yet poignant read: musical, nimble, affectionate and (thank GOD) rule-breaking.' Lisa McInerney----'Written with immediacy and poignancy, this is a powerful debut from an exciting and compelling new voice, I loved it.' Salena Godden----'Tice Cin has arrived. With a style all her own and a confidence that radiates off each page, poetry that renders settings and characters incredibly vivid. No impression will escape you.' Derek Owusu----'Keeping The House drew me in from the first few lines. A glorious novel which thrums with feeling, illustrating the London community with a sharp and confident eye. Her characters are full and sure, and traverse their world with humour, boldness and love. Hope fills these pages.' Caleb Azumah Nelson, author of Open Water ----'A brilliantly enthralling read. Tice Cin's potent crime caper marks the arrival of an intoxicating new voice.' Irenosen Okojie, author of Nudibranch----Bookseller quotes:----'A bold and assured debut that rethinks what a crime novel can be.' Ollie Simpson, Pages of Hackney-----'Tice Cin fuses wild lyricism with dreamy romance in a form as voracious and alive as her characters.' So Mayer, Burley Fisher Books ----'A swirling collage of a novel that explores the dark side of a London community with great energy and warmth.' Kate Ellis, Brick Lane Bookshop ----'The Great Tottenham Novel exists and it's called Keeping the House. I loved it.' Gary Perry, Foyles ----'Cin's natural poetry and the unique rhythm of her storytelling weave a spellbinding narrative through several generations of Turkish Cypriot family. A captivating read from a powerful new voice!' Antony Hurley, Burley Fisher Books
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