Hot Milk

Hot Milk

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/06/2017
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Hot Milk
Oh that satisfying ending...
If you read Levy's other Booker-shortlisted title Swimming Home then you will love Hot Milk. There is a similar theme going on: taking problems to a hot cl... READ MORE
Cat at York
Hot Milk
Simply mesmerizing
25-year-old Sofia is an anthropologist working in an artisan café. Her mother Rose has been suffering with unidentifiable leg problems for many years, and ... READ MORE
Georgie Matthews at Windsor
Hot Milk
Hot Milk Deborah Levy
Set in temperatures that reflect the intensity of the novel, it reminded me of Bonjour Tristesse. At the same time as being a coming of age novel, its cen... READ MORE
Libby at Truro
Hot Milk
A firm favourite
Deborah Levy follows the life of Sofia, a twenty-something who still hasn't got her life quite together. She takes her mother to Spain for the summer, hopi... READ MORE
Violet Daniels


A transfixing novel where lives are held in strange, changeless abeyance; like stones beaten over and over again by the same relentless tide. On Monday my mother will display her various symptoms to the consultant like an assortment of mysterious canapes. I will be holding the tray.’ A mother and daughter arrive in a small Spanish village, caught between the desert and the dark blue of the Mediterranean Sea. Rose, struck down by a mysterious illness that has left her incapacitated, is hoping for miraculous treatment from the mysterious Dr Gomez in his clinic. Her daughter Sofia is trapped by her mother’s illness; paralysed herself by a life in which she is chained to her mother’s hypochondria, neurosis and immobility. As the hot sun beats down, these two women’s lives simmer with pent-up resentment and bitterness. As Sofia struggles against the confines of the caged existence her mother has created for her, exploring her own sexuality and independence she threatens to tear the fragile threads that hold these two women’s lives together. There is a wonderful, playful surrealism here deliberately at odds with the glaring immediacy of this post-austerity Europe. Here are characters, countries, locked into immobility; waiting on the edge of what may be development, growth or catastrophic decline. Hot Milk is a novel that seems to have emerged directly from the times we live in. Uncompromising, brave, sharply funny and delightfully curious, this is a novel for our times. ‘It’s entertaining and reads swiftly. But it’s also strange. That strangeness — intriguing strangeness, hard-to-put-your-finger-on strangeness — is what marks this novel as noteworthy.’ Financial Times

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241968031
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 159g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm

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Hot Milk
Fiction Book of the Month - June
Such a brilliant read for a summer holiday, it's set in the Spanish coast so if you need ideas for a destination... The further I delved into this book the... READ MORE
Hot Milk
Novel set in ALMERIA ("..a tableau of happenings..")
Elderly Rose is what might be called a ‘career invalid’. Her incapacity is further exacerbated by Sofia, her daughter, whose cowed demeanour and willingnes... READ MORE
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First time reading Deborah Levy
I am always up for trying new authors and newly published books. The title seemed interesting, and I quickly got into the book. I liked the theme of a tr... READ MORE
Irene BT
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Great fiction
Beguiling prose creates an absorbing and intriguing story that resonates with me
Elliot Anderson
Hot Milk
Scorching as a sunburn-slap
So, Hot Milk. I started out really liking this book. The Hélène Cixous quote at the beginning had me muy intrigued and I was immediately immersed in the in... READ MORE
Bethan Morgan