What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

3.63 based on 3855 ratings & 725 reviews on Goodreads.com

Publication date: 02.04.2016
ISBN: 9781447299394
Number of pages: 272


'Pure, sensuous enjoyment' The Times

The stories collected in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours are linked by more than the exquisitely winding prose of their creator: Helen Oyeyemi's ensemble cast of characters slip from the pages of their own stories only to surface in another.

The reader is invited into a world of lost libraries and locked gardens, of marshlands where the drowned dead live and a city where all the clocks have stopped; students hone their skills at puppet school, the Homely Wench Society commits a guerrilla book-swap, and lovers exchange books and roses on St Jordi's Day.

It is a collection of towering imagination, marked by baroque beauty and a deep sensuousness.

In the media

A collection of short stories, which will suck the reader into Oyeyeymi's wild and surreal imagination.
Red Magazine
Wild, luscious and startling . . . Oyeyemi glides seamlessly across time, space and genre . . . Oyeyemi's observations are as sharp as they are humorous. But she is equally at home in a more lyrical mode, her writing warm and sensuous . . . these gorgeously baroque stories are full of humour, tenderness, wisdom and strange delights
Financial Times
This is a truly exceptional work of fiction, by a writer we should be delirious to have as a contemporary.