In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne audiobook

In Our Mad and Furious City: A Novel

By Guy Gunaratne
Read by Ben Bailey Smith  and Lou Marie Kerr

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781250224538

  • ISBN: 9781250224538

Runtime: 6.77 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Short-listed for the 2018 Gordon Burn Prize

Long-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize

A London Guardian Best Book of the Year 

Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Glamour Magazine Pick of Best Debuts of 2018

Among longlisted titles for The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year, 2018

"Narrators Ben Bailey Smith and Lou Marie Kerr expertly intertwine multiple first-person points of view in this gritty debut audiobook...Listeners unfamiliar with the dialects — Irish, Jamaican, and British among them — will be especially buoyed by the power of the performances." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

Long-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize
Short-listed for the 2018 Gordon Burn Prize

Inspired by the real-life murder of a British army soldier by religious fanatics, and the rampant burning of mosques that followed, Guy Gunaratne’s In Our Mad and Furious City is a snapshot of the diverse, frenzied edges of modern-day London. A crackling debut from a vital new voice, it pulses with the frantic energy of the city’s homegrown grime music and is animated by the youthful rage of a dispossessed, overlooked, and often misrepresented generation.

While Selvon, Ardan, and Yusuf organize their lives around soccer, girls, and grime, Caroline and Nelson struggle to overcome pasts that haunt them. Each voice is uniquely insightful, impassioned, and unforgettable, and when stitched together, they trace a brutal and vibrant tapestry of today’s London. In a forty-eight-hour surge of extremism and violence, their lives are inexorably drawn together in the lead-up to an explosive, tragic climax.

In Our Mad and Furious City documents the stark disparities and bubbling fury coursing beneath the prosperous surface of a city uniquely on the brink. Written and read in the distinctive vernaculars of contemporary London, the audiobook challenges the ways in which we coexist now—and, more important, the ways in which we often fail to do so.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

In Our Mad and Furious City is fraught and heartbreaking at the same time, with a biting, in-your-face clarity to it that you can't ignore. It's a searing marvel of a novel. Belfast Telegraph
Our favorite debut of 2018. Gunaratne draws on growing up in north-west London in this tale of 48 hours on a council estate, where three young boys dream of escaping. Glamour (UK)
A beautiful, fierce storm of a book, full of courage and hope Jackie Morris, author of The Lost Words
Both blighted by frustration and elevated by dreams we can all recognize and share. Guy's characters are drawn with compassion and flair, and I was captivated by their humanity. Stephen Kelman, author of Pigeon English
Already hailed as a modern masterpiece, this timely and authentic portrayal of life for young men living on our city estates is as mesmerizing as it is vital. Heat (UK)
The prose remains alive, alert and subtly integrated, with various accents and non-standard Englishes raising themselves up to the same very high literary watermark . . . What you are left with . . . is a prose that benefits from being read aloud. But more so, a prose that just plain deserves to be read. Irish Times
[A] blazing polyphonic debut. Guardian (UK)
A timely read, addressing the urgent questions of our divided society. We're sure Guy is set for big things Metro (UK)
A blistering debut unlike anything I've read before. This is a powerful, raw, yet heartrending account of 48 hours on a London estate BBC
This novel is a love letter to the language of London's streets and to its people, but also a blistering look at a city on the edge that'll sweep you up until you reach the book's breathless, devastating conclusion. Stylist (UK)
A blazing, swaggering, polyphonic debut. Here is London through the eyes of those 'with elsewhere in their blood'. Gunaratne has a ventriloquist's command of voice, a film-maker's eye, and talent to burn.—Simon Wroe, author of Here Comes Trouble
The voices and the language are stunning . . . The narrative and energy hooked me right from the start and never let go. It really is a very special book—the book we've all been waiting for. Gautam Malkani, author of Londonstani
“This is cracking. Original, honest voices and a vivid portrayal of a London rarely seen in literature.” Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author
This is cracking. Original, honest voices and a vivid portrayal of a London rarely seen in literature. Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
"Narrators Ben Bailey Smith and Lou Marie Kerr expertly intertwine multiple first-person points of view in this gritty debut audiobook...Listeners unfamiliar with the dialects--Irish, Jamaican, and British among them--will be especially buoyed by the power of the performances. AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
What a voice. What an ear for language. No mean feat to capture the street, the nuance of black experience, the architecture of so many different lives. It's a brave and original piece of work. Kit de Waal, author of The Trick to Time
Gritty, grotesque; graceful and beautiful. This is the London that we call home. JJ Bola, author of No Place to Call Home
“Gunaratne, with a gift for characterization, presents the kinds of Londoners not often seen in contemporary fiction.” New York Times Book Review
“[A] blazing polyphonic debut.” Guardian (London)
“A blistering debut unlike anything I’ve read before. This is a powerful, raw, yet heartrending account of forty-eight hours on a London estate.” BBC
“A searing marvel of a novel.” Belfast Telegraph
“Narrators Ben Bailey Smith and Lou Marie Kerr expertly intertwine multiple first-person points of view in this gritty debut audiobook about life and conflict in London…Bailey Smith and Kerr bring these characters fully to life. Listeners unfamiliar with the dialects—Irish, Jamaican, and British among them—will be especially buoyed by the power of the performances. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Already hailed as a modern masterpiece, this timely and authentic portrayal of life for young men living on our city estates is as mesmerizing as it is vital.” Heat

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Guy Gunaratne

Author Bio: Guy Gunaratne

Guy Gunaratne grew up in North West London and has worked as a designer, documentary filmmaker, and video journalist covering post-conflict areas around the world, as well as cofounding two technology companies. He was short-listed for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 6.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English