Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 08/02/2024
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Immediately one of my favourite novels!
Firstly, I need to thank Footnote Press for sending me a proof of this book when I asked. I knew from the synopsis that I would love Mongrel, but I was not... READ MORE
Lost for words
This is a difficult, vivid, heartbreaking, beautiful read. So worth investing some time to go through slowly. Footman is one to watch.
Benny Duverge-Pryce
Where do I belong?
Mongrel by Hanako Footman is STUNNING. The style of writing is like sliding through butter. The characters are lovable, but not in a sickly way, they’r... READ MORE
Beautifully written prose; it is not one of those easy reads but I mean this in the best way possible. It is a book that moves you. It is a book that makes... READ MORE
Nora - Trafalgar Square
A dark but beautifully written novel.
The prose in this novel is beautiful and easy to crack, juxtaposing the tough experiences the three women narrators have to survive through. This is defini... READ MORE
Stunning debut
'Listen.... The bamboo canes are singing.' 'Mongrel' tells the story of three women, connected in some way that slowly becomes apparent as the book prog... READ MORE
Alan M
A major new talent
Mongrel is probably my favourite read so far this year. Whilst the content is absorbing, the stories heart-wrenching and the characters utterly fascinating... READ MORE
Sean Farrell
An Astonishing Debut
Three narratives, three powerfully interconnected stories - fractured yet still somehow conveying a strength that will resonate with many women. Beautiful ... READ MORE
Jen Mackay at Windsor
Incredible story, heartbreaking and stunningly written.
Hanako Footman writes womanhood so well and in ways I haven’t read before. In ‘Mongrel’, through shifting perspectives, we see girls become women, sisters,... READ MORE
Yerkezhan Berkembayeva
This Needs to Be on Everyone’s TBR
This is definitely one of my standout books in 2024 so far. The story was amazing and the structure was so well executed to create a plot that was impactfu... READ MORE
Leigh  Boyle


Mei loses her Japanese mother at age six. Growing up in suburban Surrey, she yearns to fit in, suppressing not only her heritage but her growing desire for her best friend Fran. Yuki leaves the Japanese countryside to pursue her dream of becoming a concert violinist in London. Far from home and in an unfamiliar city, she finds herself caught up in the charms of her older teacher. Haruka attempts to navigate Tokyo's nightlife and all of its many vices, working as a hostess in the city's sex district. She grieves a mother who hid so many secrets from her, until finally one of those secrets comes to light . . . Shifting between three intertwining narratives, Mongrel reveals a tangled web of desire, isolation, belonging and ultimately, hope.

  • Publisher: Footnote Press Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781804440438
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 573g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 33 mm

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Incredibly moving
Oh wow. Wow wow wow. This was a beautiful book from start to finish. As someone who is part Japanese and part British, reading about Mei made me feel like... READ MORE
An extraordinary book. The best I’ve read in so long. I cannot believe it is a debut novel! Three women’s lives, across the UK and Japan, woven together i... READ MORE
John Chibber
Heartbreakingly beautiful
**There are spoilers here** Mongrel is the book I wish I could have read growing up half Japanese, half British (Hafu) in London. The first half tells ... READ MORE
Haunting and Enchanting
Advanced reader copy kindly provided by the publisher. This book broke me. I tend to class a good book by a book that makes me think deeply or feel deep... READ MORE
Kelly McRae
A Beautiful Read
I really enjoyed this book. It takes its time. There is no rush to a predictable end. Instead there is the beautiful telling of the lives of three woman th... READ MORE
Beautiful and emotional fiction
This is a book that skilfully grabbed me and slowly dragged me into an emotional tale of three women, Mei, Yuki and Haruka, and told in their three voices.... READ MORE
Lynda Checkley
A beautiful and moving read
A wonderful book, would strongly recommend.
Victoria  Pike