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Niven Govinden - Author

About the Author

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.
 

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This Brutal House Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2019

This Brutal House Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2019

Author: Niven Govinden Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2019

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 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 'A vital book' Andrew McMillan '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.

All the Days And Nights

All the Days And Nights

Author: Niven Govinden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2015

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.

Black Bread White Beer

Black Bread White Beer

Author: Niven Govinden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2013

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.

We are the New Romantics

We are the New Romantics

Author: Niven Govinden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2004

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?

All the Days And Nights

All the Days And Nights

Author: Niven Govinden Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/1950