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The Gospel According to Cane

(2013)
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Beverley Cottrell had a dream life: a prestigious job, a beautiful husband and baby boy. This is stolen from her one winter afternoon when her son Malakay is kidnapped from a parked car. Despite a media campaign, a full police investigation, and the offer of a reward, Malakay is never found. Beverley's marriage soon dissolves and her husband immigrates from England to the U.S. with a new wife.

Beverley gives up her job,, sells the house, and moves from the leafy suburbs to the inner city to reside in a west London housing project. She cocoons herself in grief, growing more isolated with each passing year. After two decades she gives up any hope of finding her son. She teaches children who have been expelled from school in the local community center, bright kids thrown on society's scrap heap.

Beverley starts to believe she has finally pieced her life together - until a young man starts appearing wherever she goes. Beverley is convinced that he's stalking her. One dark evening the stalker gets past her security door and calls through her letterbox. He tells her not to be scared. He says that he is Malakay, her son.

The Gospel According to Cane is a novel about inner-city youth in contemporary London. It's a meditation on pain and loss, the burden of heritage, and how the past can blur the present. It's about trust and the perceived lack of trust, disillusion, and its consequences. A world where everyone is the victim, and no one is to blame.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A thrilling read, full of psychological tension and drama, the emotive account of one woman's response to tragedy. Newland depicts his young characters humanely, compassionately. A stylish, confident novel." - Yvvette Edwards

"The abduction of a child would devastate any family. But what if that child returned, many years later, a young man and a stranger? Could that be even worse? The Gospel According to Cane is a gripping novel that's rich with both grief and great love. Courttia Newland is a fierce talent." - Victor LaValle


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Paperback Editions

February 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Gospel According to Cane
Author(s): Courttia Newland
ISBN: 1-61775-133-2 / 978-1-61775-133-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Akashic Books
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Gospel According to Cane
Author(s): Courttia Newland
ISBN: 1-84659-157-0 / 978-1-84659-157-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Telegram Books
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Gospel According to Cane, The
Author(s): Courttia Newland
ISBN: 1-5226-7812-3 / 978-1-5226-7812-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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July 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Gospel According to Cane
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July 2013 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Gospel According to Cane
Author(s): Courttia Newland
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July 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Gospel According to Cane
Author(s): Courttia Newland
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July 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Gospel According to Cane
Author(s): Courttia Newland
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Kindle Editions

February 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Gospel According to Cane: A Novel
Author(s): Courttia Newland
Publisher: Akashic Books
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