by Fiona Mozley
Narrated by Nneka Okoye
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Pub Date 20 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 05 Oct 2021
New from the author of Booker finalist, Elmet!
Hot Stew tells the story of an unlikely group of individuals in contemporary London, those from the top echelons of society down to the lowest. All are in some way connected to a Soho building whose mysterious billionaire owner, Agatha, wants to convert it into condos and fancy shops.
The problem is, the building houses a brothel, and Precious and Tabitha, two of the women who live and work there, are not going to go quietly. The fight over this piece of property draws in the men who visit, including Robert, a one-time member of a far-right group; Jackie, a policewoman intent on making London a safer place for all women; and a collection of vagabonds and strays who occupy the basement.
Funny, assured, smart, and ambitious, Hot Stew cuts to the heart of some of the issues roiling society today: questions about property and ownership, wealth and inheritance, gender and power—all in a highly readable package.
An Esquire April Book Club Selection
A BuzzFeed May Book Club Selection
“Stunningly clever . . . Mozley’s vision of London, simultaneously ancient and deeply modern, is layered with mystery and packed with humanity.”
—Mary Sollosi, Entertainment Weekly
“Thrilling . . . [Hot Stew] is so precise and granular in its evocation of London that it made me thoroughly homesick while reading it. And Mozley is very good on the degree to which circumstance shapes interior life.”
—Emma Brockes, The New York Times Book Review
Named One of the Most-Anticipated Books of 2021 by: The Millions, BuzzFeed, The Stylist, The Guardian, and more
“With masterful prose, through over a half-dozen point-of-view characters, [Mozley] tells a story about money and power, love and art, sex work and gentrification—and those are just some of the proteins in this complex stew . . . Mozley writes convincingly about class and gender dynamics ... Enjoyable and impressive on every page. Mozley brings Soho to clanging life.”
—Steph Cha, USA Today
|9 Hours, 47 Minutes