What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

3.63 based on 4808 ratings & 869 reviews on Goodreads.com

Publication date: 21.04.2016
ISBN: 9781447299400
Number of pages: 0


'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

Imaginative, playful and entirely unique, this collection of short stories is magical realism at its finest
Time Out (US)
Witty and tender . . . simple and beautiful . . . hers is a rare talent
A series of loosely connected, magically tinged tales about personal and social justice. Built around the idea of keys, locks and magic doors, the stories cover a wide territory — including mythology and fairy tales, and smartphones and YouTube stars
Washington Post