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Keeping the House, Paperback / softback Book

Keeping the House Paperback / softback

Edited by Max Porter

Paperback / softback


Shortlisted for the 2022 Jhalak PrizeShortlisted for the 2022 Desmond Elliott PrizeShortlisted for the 2022 British Book Awards, Book of the Year – Discover AwardLonglisted for the 2022 Gordon Burn PrizeLonglisted for the 2022 Swansea University Dylan Thomas PrizeWinner of a 2022 Somerset Maugham AwardCabbages . . . The Turkish variety are prized for their enlarged leaf bud, that's where we put the heroin . . . There's a stash of heroin waiting to be imported, and no one seems sure what to do with it . . . But Ayla's a gardener, and she has a plan. Offering a fresh and funny take on the machinery of the North London heroin trade, Keeping the House lifts the lid on a covert world thriving just beneath notice: not only in McDonald's queues and men's clubs, but in spotless living rooms and whispering kitchens.

Spanning three generations, this is the story of the women who keep their family - and their family business - afloat, juggling everything from police surveillance to trickier questions of community, belonging and love.


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