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Hold: An Observer New Face of Fiction 2018 Hardcover – 12 Jul 2018

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (12 July 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008280347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008280345
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At times, there are flashes of Jane Eyre in Belinda’s role as a “governess” of sorts, but there is no Mr Rochester to save her from her life, nor a sugary ending. The focus is on the love that flows between women and the need for Belinda to find a place that feels like home … Their lives are hard, yet a profound sense of hope resonates from within Donkor’s warm and accomplished novel. Arifa Akbar, Observer

Michael Donkor is a real talent, and Hold is a brave, unpredictable and generous-hearted novel’ Sarah Winman, author of Tin Man

‘There’s much to love in Michael Donkor’s debut novel. His eye for acute observations coupled with a gift for pitch perfect metaphors are joyful to read. But it’s the emotional truths he unearths from the inner lives of three disparate women that make the novel stand up and sing. Hold is a powerful and important work of fiction’ Courttia Newland, author of The Gospel According to Cane

A beautiful novel. A deeply engrossing, elegant tapestry of family and friendship from a stirring new voice’ Irenosen Okojie, author of Butterfly Fish

An arresting and textured novel … He has a gift for succinct, piercing description’ Observer

‘Moving and funny, a big-hearted book that will stay with youGuardian, Best Fiction for 2018

About the Author

Michael Donkor was born in London, to Ghanaian parents. He studied English at Wadham College, Oxford, undertook a Masters in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and now teaches English Literature to secondary school students. Many of the issues in this novel are close to his heart, and his writing won him a place on the Writers’ Centre Norwich Inspires Scheme in 2014, where he received a year’s mentoring from Daniel Hahn.


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