Author(s): Kate Tempest
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. This corner of the city. Everything is yours and nothing else exists but this. South London.
Young Londoners Becky, Harry and Leon are escaping the city with a suitcase full of stolen money. Taking us back in time, and into the heart of the capital, The Bricks that Built the Houses explores a cross-section of contemporary urban life with a powerful moral and literary microscope, exposing the everyday stories that lie behind the tired faces on the morning commute, and what happens when your best intentions don't always lead to the right decisions.
Wise but never cynical, and driven by empathy and ethics, it leads us into the homes and hearts of ordinary people and their families and communities, giving us a unique perspective on how we live with and love each other.
The Bricks that Builds the Houses introduces a thrilling new literary voice.
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
Powerful and merciful Ali Smith A talent that knows no bounds Independent Mesmerising ... Humanity is celebrated in all its terrible imperfections ... A genuinely galvanising presence Guardian Thrillingly good ... So vivid it's as if you had a state-of-the-art Blu-ray player stuffed into your brain, projecting image after image that sears itself into your consciousness Charles Isherwood, New York Times
Poet, rapper, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest is from south London. Her epic poem Brand New Ancients won the Ted Hughes Prize for poetry in 2013. The following year she was named by the Poetry Society as a Next Generation Poet. In the same week her debut solo album, Everybody Down, a narrative driven hip hop record involving the same characters as the novel, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2014. Her most recent poetry collection is the acclaimed Hold Your Own. The Bricks that Built the Houses is her first novel.