Released on 03 April 2009.

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Little Gods

3.42 based on 152 ratings & 25 reviews on

2009 Long-listed

Desmond Elliott Prize


An adventure, a black comedy, a fairy tale of sorts and a romance, Little Gods tells the story of larger-than-life Jean Clocker, whose birth challenges the very balance of nature and whose body resists all attempts to contain it.

A girl – and later, woman – of unusual size and strength, fitting in is never an option for Jean, but it takes the chaos of war – and, later, America – to persuade her to fully appreciate her extraordinary stature.

‘A gorgeous, sprawling novel and a rich, colourful tale’ Metro

‘Four hundred and thirty-one pages of glory’ HELEN OYEYEMI

‘A wonderfully inventive ode to being different’ FT

‘Rich, gaudy, clever and irrepressible' ALI SMITH

‘A startlingly original first novel by a remarkable new talent’ Independent