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Rosewater

By: Liv Little
Narrated by: Suhaiyla Hippolyte
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Summary

A deliciously gritty and strikingly bold debut novel about discovering love where it has always been.

Elsie is a sexy, funny, and fiercely independent woman living in South London. But, at just 28, she is also tired. Though she spends her days writing tender poetry in her journal, her nights are spent working long hours for minimum wage at a neighbourhood gay bar.

The difficulty of being estranged from her family, struggle of being continually rejected from jobs, and fear of never making money doing what she loves, is too great. But Elsie is determined to keep the faith, for a little longer at least. Things will surely turn around. They have to.

As she tries to breathe through the panic attacks, sleeping with her hot and spirited co-worker Bea isn't exactly straightforward and offers Elsie just another place to hide.

As Elsie tries to reconnect with her best friend Juliet, her fragile world spirals out of control. Can Elsie steady herself and not fall through the cracks?

©2023 Liv Little (P)2023 Little Brown Book Group Limited for and on behalf of Dialogue Books
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

The Pride List of Queer Storytelling

To mark Pride 2023 Audible teamed up with non-profit organisation, Out on the Page, supporter and champion of LGBTQIA+ writers and writing, to release an extensive Pride List of Queer Storytelling. Featuring contributions from some of the UK’s most important and exciting voices from the LGBTQIA+ community, this audiobook is one of the many featured on the list that is available to listen to on Audible.

Critic reviews

"Wonderfully fresh, zesty and sexy." (Bernardine Evaristo author of Girl, Woman, Other)

"Frank, sexy and so tender. Little's pen shines." (Bolu Babalola author of Love in Colour)

"A story that seeps into you the way warm sunshine does at the final edges of winter" (Nicole Dennis-Benn author of Here Comes the Sun)

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Fantastic story, beautifully narrated

I loved this story. It’s really well written and set at a great pace. I couldn’t stop listening. The narrator has a lovely gentle voice and she does different voices for the characters. I didn’t want the story to end!

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Beautifully written

I loved this! the poetry in it is incredible! can't wait to see what Liv writes next!

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Its a whole lotta love <3

This book is a love letter to love!
Snapshots of what love really is and its many forms. Romantic love, love in creating, one night stand love, best friend love and my personal favourite - the love of a Nana!

So beautiful x

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Well rounded and really relatable!

Thoroughly insightful and inspiring story from Liv Little with a balanced and diverse performance by Suhaiyla Hippolyte.
I could not stop listening!!

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loved every single second

Had me laughing, crying and gasping in equal measure. A beautiful book! Must read for summer!

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Amazing

What a debut. I absolutely loved this rollercoaster of a love story and life journey.

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Beautiful

An intimate love letter to queer Black love and South London - written and narrated beautifully

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A treasure

I loved Rosewater. A beautiful and tender story about the lives of queer women in SE London. As a queer woman myself also based in the area it felt so special to have an opportunity to feel connected to my community (something that certainly is not always easily felt).
I felt Elsie and the other characters so strongly throughout.

Hippolyte’s narration felt perfect, I can’t imagine a more suited narration for the novel. Hippolyte truly brought the characters to life.

I cried at the beauty of this story. Thank you Liv Little for sharing this absolute treasure with us.

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Soulful and melodious

Loose yourself in this beautiful story of love, women, power and poetry. Narrated exquisitely - like being wrapped up in a warm duvet.

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Sexy in South London city!

This book was well-written and very relatable as a South Londoner of Caribbean/Guyanese decent. I enjoyed the fact that the main character was late 20s and still figuring it out. It explored the difficulties of navigating the city as a creative, complex family relationships and getting it wrong in romantic relationships. There was at least one element that most listeners/readers would probably be able to identify with. Many parts of the story were hot under the collar and described in a way to take you there but weren’t too vulgar. I thoroughly enjoyed the narration.

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