How to Leave the House

How to Leave the House

Hardback Published on: 02/05/2024
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The funniest, wildest and most original debut novel of 2024

'A wild and funny ride through modern life' Financial Times

'Gobby, barbed and garrulous' Eley Williams

'Truly original' Nicola Dinan, author of Bellies

'Genuinely hilarious' Keiran Goddard, author of Hourglass

'It's impossible not to be charmed by this big-hearted story' Bustle

It's Natwest's last day before he leaves for university, and there's only one thing on his mind: the deeply embarrassing package he ordered to his house - which still hasn't arrived. He won't leave town without it. Any alternative is too distressing to consider ...

This is the story of twenty-four hours in the life of NATWEST, and his small-town odyssey in pursuit of the missing package. And yet it's also the story of a MIDDLE-AGED DENTIST who dreams of being a respected artist - but the only thing he can seem to paint is the human mouth. And it's the story of a TORTURED IMAM involved in a quasi-romantic entanglement with the local vicar; and an OCTOGENARIAN mourning the death of her secretive husband; and a TROUBLED TEENAGER whose nudes have leaked on the internet. It's the story of Natwest's obnoxious EX-BOYFRIEND, and his CLASS-TRAITOR MOTHER and her CHILDHOOD BOYFRIEND, and the life-changing secrets he knows about Natwest's past.

Alternating between Natwest's idiosyncratic inner world and the perspectives of the other characters - and dazzling in its energy, imagination and originality - this is an outrageously funny and tenderly moving story about being connected to everyone and everything at all times; about love, friendship, and the lies we tell ourselves; about unhappy endings, happy endings - and whether anything really is as simple as one or the other.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349145631
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 440g
  • Dimensions: 218 x 144 x 34 mm

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How to Leave the House
One of the funniest, unique books I've read
A brilliant, twisty, hilarious novel following Natwest, a young man searching for a missing package. An absurd odyssey all taking place in one day, with... READ MORE
Winn Free
How to Leave the House
one of the best books i’ve read all year. actually very funny and weirdly heartfelt
peter burford