Derek Owusu, Eley Williams & Paul Mendez

Debut Novelists: Derek Owusu, Eley Williams & Paul Mendez

Recorded: Sat 21 Nov 2020

Duration: 1 hour

Debut Novelists: Derek Owusu, Eley Williams & Paul Mendez

Three of 2020’s best new novelists talk to prize-winning novelist and festival patron Preti Taneja about their exemplary debut novels.

The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams is a ‘word-drunk’ novel that draws comparisons with Ali Smith; In That Reminds Me Derek Owusu charts a young man’s descent from childhood to mental collapse and recovery, receiving plaudits from the likes of Benjamin Zephaniah and Christie Watson; Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez is a bold exploration of race, class, sexuality, freedom and religion and was an Observer 2020 Best Debut.

A vital conversation on the problems within the publishing world and the future of fiction.

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