Mister, Mister

The eagerly awaited new novel from the prizewinning author of In Our Mad and Furious City

Guy Gunaratne author


Publisher:Headline Publishing Group

Published:25th May '23


Available for immediate dispatch.

Mister, Mister cover

The eagerly awaited follow up to the multi-award winning author of IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY, MISTER MISTER has been widely tipped as one of the literary highlights of 2023

'Enthralling' Guardian Culture Preview
'A quicksilver astonishment of a book. Just read it' Kiran Millwood Hargrave
'A vital novel of newness and nowness' Raymond Antrobus

'A rollercoaster coming of age picaresque' Observer

A New Statesman, Vogue, Guardian and Big Issue 2023 Fiction Pick

Idiot, poet, jihadist, son. Who is Yahya Bas? An exuberantly imaginative novel of Britishness and unbelonging from the prizewinning author of In Our Mad and Furious City.

When Yahya Bas finds himself in a UK detention centre after fleeing the conflict in Syria, he has many questions to face. What was he doing in the desert? Why does he hate this country? Why did he write the incendiary verses which turned him into an online sensation and a media pariah?

Mister, his interrogator, wants to keep him locked up. So he decides to tell his life story. On his own terms.
Following a child that East Ham made who becomes the unwitting voice of a generation, Mister, Mister is also the story of a quest for a father and the discovery of another way to live in the shadow of war. Bracing, tender, exuberantly imaginative, this is a novel that only Guy Gunaratne could have written.

A quicksilver astonishment of a book, deft and devastating and completely original. Just read it -- Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Gunaratne offers us the study of a young man navigating many identities while searching for security and selfhood. Mister, Mister is a modern testimony of the "British / other" subject as well as an invitation for us, readers, lovers of stories to be defined on our own terms. This is a vital novel of newness and nowness that testifies to the power of fiction that seeks truth

-- Raymond Antrobus
A rollercoaster coming of age picaresque... glories in the infinite bounty of storytelling * Observer *
Guy Gunaratne's writing comes with big energy and empathy. Illuminated with evocative language and vivid storytelling, Mister Mister salutes belonging in the unbelonging: an essential read for these times -- Salena Godden
I wish I could declare a national reading day in Britain where adults read the same book together, beginning with Mister, Mister. Gunaratne fits a whole nation inside one complex character and in doing so shows us our bones and our souls. Brimming with compassion and Dickensian in its breadth, this incredibly important book eviscerates othering and insists that Britain claim a new identity -- Leone Ross
It's the effervescence and emotional depth of their writing that make Mister, Mister a knockout * Big Issue *
This book tears through you. A searing, shocking odyssey through faith, fury, and the boiling despair at the heart of our age -- Musa Okwonga
Gunaratne is a writer with a rare ability to inhabit savants, outsiders, rebels and others who exist at the so-called margins of mainstream society, and who they write slapbang into the centre. Moving between women's houses and detention centres, global and UK politics, tenderness and devastation, Mister, Mister is where it's at -- Isabel Waidner
Such a sharp and clever book that absolutely refuses easy interpretation. It's about language and faith and extremism and ideas of home and identity and freedom. But also about the opposite of all that - an undoing of identity. One of those really refreshing books that truly doesn't feel like anything I've read before, and one I'm still thinking about -- Anna James
This devastating new novel from Guy Gunaratne confirms them as a writer at the top of their game. They balance an experimental structure with an indelible voice, exploring global, social politics and resolve with ease. Their use of language, precision, thoughtfulness and humanity, make this is the book you will all be reading in 2023 -- Nikesh Shukla
Most contemporary British novels limit themselves to moving the furniture round a bit, or even just describing the furniture. Mister, Mister tears down the whole house and, from the wreckage, builds a hall of mirrors. Furious, incredibly bold, beautiful, ugly, heart-breaking and most of all alive, this is a book which lays waste to your assumptions - whatever they are -- Will Ashon

ISBN: 9781472250230

Dimensions: 238mm x 162mm x 38mm

Weight: 606g

384 pages