Reviews

  • A beautiful and powerful novel about the true and sometimes painful depths of love

    Candice Carty-Williams, Sunday Times bestselling author of QUEENIE
  • Open Water is tender poetry, a love song to black art and thought, an exploration of intimacy and vulnerability between two young artists learning to be soft with each other in a world that hardens against black people

    Yaa Gyasi, bestselling author of HOMEGOING
  • A short, sharp poetic burst of a novel; it crystallises the torments and heat of young love brilliantly

    Andrew McMillan, award-winning author of PHYSICAL
  • Open Water is a powerful portrayal of the way that systemic violence can make a person forget softness and vulnerability. It exposes the failure of language to encapsulate feeling and illuminates the love and the anger that rage around the edges of everything

    Jessica Andrews, award-winning author of SALTWATER
  • Open Water is about defiance, mourning, art and music. It is an ode to being a full human being in a society that does not see you that way. It is about clinging to love in a world heavy with injustice and violence. There is not a wasted page

    Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, award-winning author of HARMLESS DAYS
  • Open Water has a delicate, painterly quality while packing a real emotional punch. Caleb Azumah Nelson is a real talent

    Olivia Sudjic, author of SYMPATHY, EXPOSURE and ASYLUM ROAD
  • Open Water is a beautifully, delicately written novel about love, for self and others, about being seen, about vulnerability and mental health. Sentence by sentence, it oozes longing and grace. Caleb is a star in the making.

    Nikesh Shukla, editor of THE GOOD IMMIGRANT and author of BROWN BABY
  • Open Water is the most mesmerising read. Caleb Azumah Nelson writes voice like a young Baldwin, placing himself both inside and outside the world he describes. Open Water drew me in, hypnotised me and left me, a few hours later, both devastated and a little high. This is the kind of novel which doesn't let go.

    Jan Carson, award-winning author of THE FIRE STARTERS

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