Only Here, Only Now: A Guardian Best Summer Read

Author:   Tom Newlands
Publisher:   Orion Publishing Co
ISBN:  

9781399607896


Pages:   400
Publication Date:   13 June 2024
Format:   Hardback
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'This isn't just a great first novel; it's a great novel. And Cora, the mad, chaotic, wise, funny narrator, is one of the great characters' RODDY DOYLE 'It's not every day you read a modern classic. But this feels destined to become one. A thunderous achievement' NATHAN FILER, author of THE SHOCK OF THE FALL 'Only Here, Only Now heralds the arrival of an urgent and unique new voice' DAVID PEACE 'Cora Mowat is a feisty, Impulse-drenched, Lilt-blooded smasher of a main character and Tom Newland's prose is fierce and tender, taking us straight to the thudding heart of Cora's chaotic life' VICTORIA MACKENZIE, author of FOR THY GREAT PAIN HAVE MERCY ON MY LITTLE PAIN Fife, in the blazing hot summer of 1994. Cora Mowat's mates don't understand her, but then Cora Mowat doesn't understand herself. She's stuck on a seaside council estate full of dafties, old folk and seagulls, with a thousand dreams and a restless brain that won't behave. She's dying to escape but unsure of what the future holds - if it holds anything at all for a girl like her. When her Mam's new boyfriend moves in, tensions rise in their tiny house. Gunner means well, but he's dodgy - a shaven-headed shoplifter with more than a few secrets stashed under the bed. As their attempts to forge a makeshift family unravel, Cora rails against her small-town existence in search of love, acceptance and a path to something good. But sometimes you can't move forward until you find your way back . . . In this extraordinary debut, drawn from life but written with riotous imagination, Tom Newlands explores what it means to come of age in a forgotten corner of Scotland and dream of a life that feels out of reach. Vibrant, lyrical and fiercely funny, Only Here, Only Now is a story about poverty, identity and family that shines with hope and resilience. 'Tom Newlands is the real thing. His story will change you' MICHAEL SHEEN 'A funny, truthful, heartbreaking yet hopeful read' JENNIE GODFREY, author of THE LIST OF SUSPICIOUS THINGS 'A piercing howl of a novel, sharp, elegant and humane. I loved it' KARL GEARY, author of JUNO LOVES LEGS

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Author:   Tom Newlands
Publisher:   Orion Publishing Co
Imprint:   Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Dimensions:   Width: 16.00cm , Height: 4.00cm , Length: 23.60cm
Weight:   0.618kg
ISBN:  

9781399607896


ISBN 10:   1399607898
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   13 June 2024
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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Only Here, Only Now heralds the arrival of an urgent and unique new voice, as engaging and as startling as Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Morvern Callar or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, and will surely be hailed as one of the great British debut novels. * David Peace * Tom Newlands is the real thing. His story will change you. * Michael Sheen *


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Tom Newlands is a Scottish author living in London. He is the winner of a London Writer's Award and a Creative Future Writer's Award. In 2021 he was selected for New Writing North's 'A Writing Chance,' which aimed to showcase the most talented writers in the UK from under-represented backgrounds. Only Here, Only Now is his first novel.

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