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Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze

Who They Was

Gabriel Krauze

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Imprint: Fourth Estate Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 3 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9780008374990

'A literary rendering of the Top Boy generation... I cannot conjure another work which captures this culture in such depth - or with such brutal honesty - as only lived experience can tell ' Graeme Armstrong, author of The Young Team

1 Prize for Who They Was

Man Booker Prize
2020 Longlist

Margaret Busby, Chair of the 2020 judges, says: “Each of these books carries an impact that has earned it a place on the longlist, deserving of wide readership. Included are novels carried by the sweep of history with memorable characters brought to life and given visibility, novels that represent a moment of cultural change, or the pressures an individual faces in pre- and post-dystopian society... As judges we connected with these writers’ well-crafted prose, the mastery of detail, the arresting sentence, the credibility of the narrative arc, the ability to use to the full, the resources of storytelling. Unplanned, our final selection encompasses both seasoned favourites and debut talents ― a truly satisfying outcome.”

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