The Gospel According to Cane

The Gospel According to Cane

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Beverley Cottrell had a dream life: a prestigious job, a beautiful husband and new baby boy. But then, one winter afternoon, when her son was barely a few weeks old, Malakay was kidnapped from a parked car. Despite a media campaign, a full police investigation and the offer of a reward, he was never found. Two decades later, Beverley starts to believe that she has finally pieced her life together - until a young man starts to appear wherever she goes. One dark evening the stalker gets past her security door and calls through her letterbox. He tells her not to be scared. He tells her that he is Malakay, her son.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 130 x 195 x 20mm | 260g
  • Telegram Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1846591570
  • 9781846591570
  • 1,794,769

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'A thrilling read, full of psychological tension and drama, the emotive account of one woman's response to tragedy. A stylish, confident novel.' Yvvette Edwards, author of A Cupboard Full of Coats 'A gripping novel that's rich with both grief and great love. Courttia Newland is a fierce talent.' Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine General endorsements: 'One of the most imaginative, freethinking writers working today. I love his work' Sarah Hall, author of The Beautiful Indifference 'Newland writes - with sensitivity and complexity. The Gospel According to Cane, his seventh book, is a coming-of-middle-age novel, but one seasoned with style and sophistication.' Bernadine Evaristo 'One of Britain's most important young novelists - a truly gifted storyteller' Time Out 'A gripping tale of loss, despair, and hope of redemption.' Linton Kwesi Johnson "The emotional tension is sometimes almost unbearable as a mother and son attempt to build a relationship out of their shared pain. A unique and very moving novel." Booklist "A mother's love is unbreakable, as Frank O'Connor Award-nominee Newland demonstrates in his latest novel... The storytelling is as captivating as the story itself. Newland, a Jamaican-born British writer, seamlessly integrates the joy, fear, uncertainty, and sadness... Newland's prose is beautiful. His novel--part homecoming narrative in the vein of Toni Morrison's Beloved and part haunting tale of loss similar to Ernest Gaines's In My Father's House--will appeal to all lovers of literary fiction." Library Journal "The characters are finely drawn with realistic ambiguity and genuinely exhibit the durability of grief and pain." Publishers Weekly
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About Courttia Newland

Courttia Newland is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. His novels include Snakeskin, The Dying Wish and The Scholar. Newland has been shortlisted for several awards, including the CWA Dagger, the Frank O' Connor and the Edge Hill awards. He lives in London.
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98 ratings
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4 26% (25)
3 30% (29)
2 18% (18)
1 11% (11)
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