*** ONE OF THE OBSERVER‘S 10 MUST-READ DEBUT NOVELISTS OF 2022 ***
‘A rare glimpse into the harsh realities of street life and love in luminous prose, rendered with sensitivity and without sentimentalism. An astonishing debut’ Cherie Jones, author of HOW THE ONE-ARMED SISTER SWEEPS HER HOUSE
Sayon Hughes, a young Black man from Bristol, dreams of a world far removed from the one in which he was raised. Far removed from the torn slips outside the bookie’s, the burnt spoons and the crooked solutions his community embraces; most of all, removed from the Christianity of his uncaring parents and the prejudice of law-makers.
Growing up, Sayon found respite from the chaos of his environment in the love and loyalty of his brother-in-arms, Cuba; in the example of his cousin Hakim, a man once known as the most infamous drug-dealer in their neighbourhood, now a proselytising Muslim; and in the tenderness of his girl, Shona, whose own sense of purpose galvanises Sayon’s.
In return, Sayon wants to give the people he loves the world: a house atop a grand hill in the most affluent area of the city, a home in which they can forever find joy and safety. But after an altercation in which a boy is killed, Sayon finds his loyalties torn and his dream of a better life in peril.
MORE PRAISE FOR AN OLIVE GROVE IN ENDS:
‘A remarkable debut, bristling with sharp prose and daring originality’ Nathan Harris, author of THE SWEETNESS OF WATER
‘A phenomenally good novel, tense and thrilling and complex, with breath-stealing moments on every page’ Donal Ryan, author of STRANGE FLOWERS
‘This consummately crafted work can only be a harbinger of a stellar and truly significant career. I urge you to read it’ Patrick McCabe, author of THE BUTCHER BOY
‘Engrossing . . . A tough yet tender story of faith and friendship’ OBSERVER
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