From the author of Nightingale Point, longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, comes a new thought-provoking and timely novel.
‘A sharp, funny, wonderful writer’ Diana Evans, Ordinary People
‘These Streets turns a spotlight on the strength and resilience required to overcome physical and emotional adversity that never should have been yours in the first place. Important and remarkable’ Bonnie Garmus, Lessons in Chemistry
‘A brilliant book written with warmth and sensitivity that I recommend most highly. I loved it unreservedly’ My Weekly
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Amidst the hustle and bustle of life in east London, these people are trying to hold onto hope in an ever-changing world . . .
Jess is a single mother to two teenagers. All her energy goes into keeping them safe and happy. Being faced with eviction is a setback she wasn’t prepared for, but Jess never lets circumstances dent her optimism.
Hazel is Oxbridge-bound and ready to fly the nest, but she’s tired of being treated like a child. It’s no wonder she can’t tell her mum, Jess the truth about what she’s been up to lately . . .
Ben has recently moved back to east London with just his faithful dog Harold for company. When he meets Jess, he realises they’ve crossed paths before. But can he keep this connection hidden from the woman he’s starting to fall for?
As the world continues to turn, these ordinary people will soon realise that, even with everything around them changing, the whisper of hope remains.
Set in east London, These Streets is a powerful and essential story about family, community and living in Britain today, told with compassion and heart.
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Readers are giving These Streets five stars!
‘Powerful and rewarding . . . Goldie tells a very good story with real care and craft. There will be much praise for this book, and deservedly so’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A beautiful book about a normal family – I absolutely loved it!’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Luan Goldie is a primary school teacher from East London. Her debut novel Nightingale Point was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the RSL Ondaatje Prize. She has written several short stories and is the winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2017 for her short story ‘Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns’. She was also shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize in 2018 and the Grazia/Orange First Chapter competition in 2012. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the h100 awards in the Publishing and Writing category. Her short stories have appeared in HELLO! magazine, Sunday Express and The Good Journal.
Praise for These Streets -
”'The line between home and homelessness is extremely thin and filled with judgement, but These Streets turns a spotlight on the strength and resilience required to overcome physical and emotional adversity that never should have been yours in the first place. Important and remarkable” - Bonnie Garmus, Lessons in Chemistry
”'Luan Goldie is one of the most important voices in contemporary British fiction . . . A story of resilience, family and community, it is finely wrought and unnervingly timely” - Kia Abdullah, Next of Kin
”'Intense and powerful novel” - Platinum
”'A brilliant book written with warmth and sensitivity that I recommend most highly. I loved it unreservedly” - My Weekly
Praise for Luan Goldie -
”'A beautiful novel. It was a real pleasure to read” - Jing-Jing Lee, author of How We Disappeared
”'It’s just so masterfully written - it had me completely gripped from the very first page” - Beth O’Leary, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Flatshare
”'Luan Goldie writes with a tender, delicate hand and extraordinary compassion for her characters . . . Big-hearted, tender and hopeful . . . a true tonic for our times” - Kia Abdullah, author of Take It Back
”'Luan Goldie is one to watch. Her writing is heartfelt and sublime” - Abir Mukherjee, author of A Necessary Evil and Smoke and Ashes
”'So much warmth in the description of a working-class community . . . it’s not perfect or idealistic, but it’s warm and recognisable” - Jendella Benson, contributing editor for Black Ballad
”'Pacey and powerful” - Mail on Sunday
”'The type of story that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last page” - Closer
”'A story of hope, a cheer to the strength and importance of community and resilience. Beautiful, assured and sincere” - Platinum magazine