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In Our Mad and Furious City

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Long-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize
Short-listed for the 2018 Gordon Burn Prize
Short-listed for the 2018 Goldsmiths Prize

Inspired by the real-life murder of a British army soldier by religious fanatics, 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 in the distinctive vernaculars of contemporary London, the novel challenges the ways in which we coexist now - and, more important, the ways in which we often fail to do so.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A vivid and affecting account of estate life, both blighted by frustration and elevated by dreams we can all recognise and share. Guy's characters are drawn with compassion and flair, and I was captivated by their humanity." - Stephen Kelman

"The voices and the language are stunning. As is the all the rich detail that really brings the book to life. And I really admire the skill with which each of the narrators is given such beautiful depth of soul. I keep thinking about each of them. 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

"What a voice. What an ear for language... a brave and original piece of work." - Kit de Waal

"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


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April 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: In Our Mad and Furious City: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018
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ISBN: 1-4722-5019-2 / 978-1-4722-5019-3 (UK edition)
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February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: In Our Mad and Furious City: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018
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ISBN: 1-4722-5021-4 / 978-1-4722-5021-6 (UK edition)
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December 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: In Our Mad and Furious City: A Novel
Author(s): Guy Gunaratne
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: In Our Mad and Furious City: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018
Author(s): Guy Gunaratne
ISBN: 1-4722-5020-6 / 978-1-4722-5020-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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December 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: In Our Mad and Furious City: A Novel
Author(s): Guy Gunaratne
ISBN: 1-250-22453-5 / 978-1-250-22453-8 (USA edition)
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December 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: In Our Mad and Furious City
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April 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: In Our Mad and Furious City
Author(s): Guy Gunaratne
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April 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: In Our Mad and Furious City
Author(s): Guy Gunaratne
Publisher: Tinder Press
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December 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: In Our Mad and Furious City: A Novel
Author(s): Guy Gunaratne
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April 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: In Our Mad and Furious City: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018
Author(s): Guy Gunaratne
Publisher: Tinder Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU