Caleb Azumah Nelson’s debut novel is a sensation. Topping The Times bestseller lists for weeks, Open Water is one of the most talked about debuts of 2021. This stunning and shattering debut novel about two Black British artists falling in and out of love is at once an achingly beautiful romance and a potent insight into race and masculinity.
Open Water asks what it means to be a person in a world that sees you only as a Black body, to be vulnerable when you are only respected for strength, to find safety in love, only to lose it.
Caleb will be in conversation with the brilliant Tice Cin, whose electrifying debut novel Keeping the House has been shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2022. Keeping the House follows three generations of women who keep their families, and family businesses afloat in North London. We are so thrilled to welcome two of our best debut novelists here for what is sure to be a riveting conversation.