Garth Greenwell wins Debut Book of the Year

09 May 2017

We are delighted that Garth Greenwell's What Belongs to You has won Debut Book of the Year at the 2017 British Book Awards.

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Editor Kris Doyle accepted the award on Garth's behalf and said this: 

“I’m thrilled for Garth and his beautiful book, but I’m especially delighted because this award celebrates the whole publishing endeavour: the complete journey from the writer to the reader. It recognizes a first-rate collaboration and I hope all the people involved feel rewarded for their hard work. It also feels a fitting manifestation of something Garth’s said before: ‘The whole narrative of queer art is taking stigma and turning it into style’.”

About the book:

On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia's National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, their relationship growing increasingly intimate and unnerving.

As he struggles to reconcile his longing with the anguish it creates, he's forced to grapple with his own fraught history: his formative experiences of love, his painful rejection by family and friends, and the difficulty of growing up as a gay man in southern America in the 1990s.

>>>Start reading What Belongs to You

What Belongs to You, the award-winning debut novel by Garth Greenwell is out in paperback and e-book now.

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