Western Lane

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2023

Hardback (11 May 2023)

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Publisher's Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2023. The International Bestseller.
Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2023.

A beautiful and moving novel about grief, sisterhood, squash and a teenage girl's struggle to transcend herself.

'With this gorgeous debut, Maroo blows most of the competition off the court.' – The Times


Eleven-year-old Gopi has been playing squash since she was old enough to hold a racket. When her mother dies, her father enlists her in a quietly brutal training regimen, and the game becomes her world. Slowly, she grows apart from her sisters. Her life is reduced to the sport, guided by its rhythms: the serve, the volley, the drive, the shot and its echo.

But on the court, she is not alone. She is with her pa. She is with Ged, a thirteen-year-old boy with his own formidable talent. She is with the players who have come before her. She is in awe.

An unforgettable coming-of-age story, Chetna Maroo’s first novel is a moving exploration of the closeness of sisterhood, the immigrant experience, and the collective overcoming of grief.

'WOW. Western Lane is glorious. You’ll want to read it over and over again.' – Aravind Adiga, author of The White Tiger

'Stunning . . . Spare, tender, brilliantly achieved . . . A novel that unfolds in silences . . . and dares to leave much unsaid.
' – The Guardian

About the Publisher

Picador

Picador

Picador publishes outstanding international writing, fiction and non-fiction, in both hardback and paperback, and has numerous prize winners on its list. Picador has established a reputation for literary fiction with a broad commercial appeal, groundbreaking non-fiction, (particularly, reportage, literary biography and memoir) and a formidable poetry list, which has consistently won many of the major prizes.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529094626
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Pub date:
Edition: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2023
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 1440
Number of pages: 163
Weight: 450g
Height: 143mm
Width: 226mm
Spine width: 22mm