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The Bricks That Built the Houses Audiobook

The Bricks That Built the Houses

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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times best seller.

Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest's electrifying debut novel takes us into the beating heart of the capital in this multigenerational tale of drugs, desire and belonging.

It gets into your bones. You don't even realise it until you're driving through it, watching all the things you've always known and leaving them behind.

Young Londoners Becky, Harry and Leon are leaving town in a fourth-hand Ford Cortina with a suitcase full of money. They are running from jealous boyfriends, dead-end jobs, violent maniacs and disgruntled drug dealers, in the hope of escaping the restless tedium of life in Southeast London - the place they have always called home.

As the story moves back in time, to before they had to leave, we see them torn between confidence and self-loathing, between loneliness and desire, between desperate ambition and the terrifying prospect of getting nothing done.

In The Bricks That Built the Houses, Kate Tempest explores contemporary city life with a powerful moral microscope, giving us irresistible stories of hidden lives and showing us how the best intentions don't always lead to the right decisions.

Cover designed by Greg Heinimann.

©2016 Kate Tempest (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"One of the leading wordsmiths of our time. She turns her raw, observational skills in book form to the urban young growing up poor - sex, drugs and increasing poverty amid the looming threat of gentrification." (Jon Snow)
"This is a bold, bright, beguiling novel; a lustrous pageant that dazzles and grips. An irresistible, immersive snapshot of a changing world, delivered in woozy, staccato sentences. There's great pleasure to be taken from Tempest's debut. She may well be unstoppable." (Sunday Telegraph)
"It's hard not to be blown away by Kate Tempest. A stirring, post-Dickensian lens trained on London's lonely underbelly." (Evening Standard)

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    T W Ricketts 24/05/2017
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    "Amazing book, modern day shakespear..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bricks That Built the Houses to be better than the print version?

    Yes - Kate's reading is part of the lyrical mastery of this production. Her delivery and character portrayal are just outstanding.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Pete's birthday at the pub, becasue it is the perfect climax to the setup.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    So many moments that moved me! Her character portraits are mu favourite thing about her writing.


    Any additional comments?

    I honestly think that listening to Kate Tempest is like what it must have been listening to Shakespear at the time - her word economy, and detailed picture painting is phenomenal. This is an unpredictable and exciting first novel which I inhaled as it was so good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    michael 04/12/2017
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    "Awesome book "

    Really very good. I enjoyed very much. Highly recommended. Jump in the waters lovely in South London

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    Mark Train 01/12/2017
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    "Great book"
    Would you listen to The Bricks That Built the Houses again? Why?

    Excellent plot, writing style and narration


    What other book might you compare The Bricks That Built the Houses to, and why?

    Excellent plot, writing style and narration


    Which character – as performed by Kate Tempest – was your favourite?

    Excellent plot, writing style and narration


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Excellent plot, writing style and narration


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent plot, writing style and narration

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    Pamela 12/09/2017
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    "Superb read!!"

    The story, the descriptions, the writing, I loved everything about this book. I think I'll miss the characters in the book I enjoyed it so much. I was so disappointed when it ended. Can't wait to read another novel by Kate Tempest.

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    Ms Montaigu de quercy, France 31/08/2017
    Ms Montaigu de quercy, France 31/08/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Stupendous"

    Without doubt the best book I have listened to for a very long time
    Kate Tempest is a tour de force
    Her capacity to conjour her characters and evoke the city is without equal
    The story moves like the river Thames itself

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    Gregory Monk 19/07/2017
    Gregory Monk 19/07/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "The best contemporary fiction I've read in a while"
    If you could sum up The Bricks That Built the Houses in three words, what would they be?

    Edgy, piercing, beautiful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bricks That Built the Houses?

    I personally enjoyed the beginning of the book and its take down of the London elite's culture. She summed it up perfectly.


    What does Kate Tempest bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Her performance is unique in comparison to any other audiobook I have listened to. Nobody else could have gotten close to expressing the essence of the book than Kate herself (something which isn't always to be taken for granted).


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    "Beautifully written but disappointing narration"

    The narrator's accent was grating and distracting. Once you get past the accent the story is beautifully told though. Wonderfully descriptive text.

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