Summary

The Sunday Times best seller.
Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest's electrifying debut novel takes us into the beating heart of the capital in this multigenerational tale of drugs, desire and belonging.
It gets into your bones. You don't even realise it until you're driving through it, watching all the things you've always known and leaving them behind.
Young Londoners Becky, Harry and Leon are leaving town in a fourth-hand Ford Cortina with a suitcase full of money. They are running from jealous boyfriends, dead-end jobs, violent maniacs and disgruntled drug dealers, in the hope of escaping the restless tedium of life in Southeast London - the place they have always called home.
As the story moves back in time, to before they had to leave, we see them torn between confidence and self-loathing, between loneliness and desire, between desperate ambition and the terrifying prospect of getting nothing done.
In The Bricks That Built the Houses, Kate Tempest explores contemporary city life with a powerful moral microscope, giving us irresistible stories of hidden lives and showing us how the best intentions don't always lead to the right decisions.
Cover designed by Greg Heinimann.
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Critic reviews

"One of the leading wordsmiths of our time. She turns her raw, observational skills in book form to the urban young growing up poor - sex, drugs and increasing poverty amid the looming threat of gentrification." (Jon Snow)
"This is a bold, bright, beguiling novel; a lustrous pageant that dazzles and grips. An irresistible, immersive snapshot of a changing world, delivered in woozy, staccato sentences. There's great pleasure to be taken from Tempest's debut. She may well be unstoppable." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"It's hard not to be blown away by Kate Tempest. A stirring, post-Dickensian lens trained on London's lonely underbelly." ( Evening Standard)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 27-06-18

Stunning use of language

To be honest, I had never heard of Kate Tempest before listening to this audio book. I cannot believe what a gap that was in my life. Her use of language ranks with the very, very best. Dylan Thomas, Ernest Hemingway, Arundhati Roy and the like. I found that the language of The Bricks that Built the Houses conjured vivid images for me. I could see the people and places being described, and could feel the emotions and tactile descriptions. The book is a poem and the story feels real, but despite the grim and gritty background to the story there is beauty and love, joy and passion that deserve to be recognized and nodded to. I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to anyone with an open mind and heart.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Phil Rusted on 23-05-18

such easy effortless conversational writing.

loved it, like her music but deeper, more conversational, didn't want it to finish.
brilliant

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2 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 03-10-17

Beautifully written but disappointing narration

The narrator's accent was grating and distracting. Once you get past the accent the story is beautifully told though. Wonderfully descriptive text.

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