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Niven Govinden is an ex-Surrey-ite with no discernable track or field ability. He is the author of one previous novel, We Are The New Romantics, and is currently hard at work on his third book.
Some fairly hard hitting stuff in this tale of Veerapen and his friends stuck in the boredom of their suburban lives. Niven Govinden really projects the voices of the disaffected, ‘bored with life’ teenager. The story starts at the end and then is told in flashback to build the tension to the conclusion we know is going to come. Edgy and moving with clever twists to keep you gripped. Comparison: Hanif Kureishi, Willy Russell, Helen Walsh.
GUARDIAN MUST READ BOOKS OF 2019 INEWS BEST NEW FICTION 2019 'A symbolic rallying cry for the need for LGBTQ+ teens to have safe spaces of their own' Dazed (Books to read in 2019) 'Vivid prose reinventing ideas of motherhood, belonging and taking us into the community of drag balls and protest, both personal and political' Jenni Fagan 'Fearless, authentic, vivid - necessary in a world that's running out of tolerance' Panos Karnezis 'A vital book' Andrew McMillan 'A novel of rare intensity and sustained passion, This Brutal House shines a light on lives marginalised and magnificent, and asks the pressing question: what would you do to stand up for your truth?' Stephen Kelman 'A powerful and poetic book' Kerry Hudson 'Niven Govinden is a true force of fierceness and beauty' Olivia Laing 'Tremendously powerful and illuminating. It held me captive in the best way. A clarion call to action from a criminally gifted writer' Irenosen Okojie 'Like the best drag acts, This Brutal House leaves its reader full of a powerful, protesting energy' Irish Times On the steps of New York's City Hall, five ageing Mothers sit in silent protest. They are the guardians of the vogue ball community - queer men who opened their hearts and homes to countless lost Children, providing safe spaces for them to explore their true selves. Through epochs of city nightlife, from draconian to liberal, the Children have been going missing; their absences ignored by the authorities and uninvestigated by the police. In a final act of dissent the Mothers have come to pray: to expose their personal struggle beneath our age of protest, and commemorate their loss until justice is served. Watching from City Hall's windows is city clerk, Teddy. Raised by the Mothers, he is now charged with brokering an uneasy truce. With echoes of James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson and Rachel Kushner, Niven Govinden asks what happens when a generation remembered for a single, lavish decade has been forced to grow up, and what it means to be a parent in a confused and complex society.
From the author of `Black Bread White Beer' The East Coast of America, 1980. Anna Brown, a dying artist, works on her final portrait. Obsessive and secretive, it is a righting of her past failures; her final statement. John Brown, her husband and life-long muse, has left; walked out of their home one morning to travel cross-country in search of the paintings he has sat for. As their stories unfold - independently, for the first time in many years - a passionate unconventional relationship is revealed, between two people living through the most tumultuous decades of modern history. All the Days and Nights is the story of an art hunt during a twilight period of painting. It lays bare two relationships that are ever changing and incomparable: of the artist and the muse, and of lovers. It is an exploration of what it means to create, what it means to inspire, what it means to live.
OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2012 LONGLISTED FOR THE DSC PRIZE FOR SOUTH ASIAN LITERATURE Amal is driving his wife Claud from London to her parents' country house. In the wake of Claud's miscarriage, it is a journey that will push their relationship - once almost perfect - towards possible collapse. In this, his latest novel, Govinden casts a critical eye on a society in which, in spite of never-ending advances in social media communications, the young still find it difficult to communicate. A devastatingly passionate and real portrait of a marriage, `Black Bread White Beer' keenly captures the abandon, selfishness, hazards and pleasures that come with giving your life to another.
Here's the deal two kids bumming around Europe. Looking for fun. Best mates. One cocky poof. One beautiful girl. Shags and scrapes. The girl is insecure, the boy rents his ass. They are dependent on each other. These first five chapters give you the idea. Boy falls for parisian troublemaker. Part of suburban street gangs. Accidental death leads to deep shit. Friendship, love, loyalty tested. Interested?