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

    Candice Carty-Williams, Sunday Times bestselling author of QUEENIE
  • This is an amazing debut novel. It's a beautifully narrated, intelligently crafted piece of love that goes deep, then goes deeper. You should read this book. Let's hear it for Caleb Azumah Nelson, also known as the future

    Benjamin Zephaniah, award-winning poet, playwright and novelist
  • Open Water is a very touching and heartfelt book, passionately written, which brings London to life in a painterly, emotive way. I love its musical richness and espousal of the power of the arts - pictures, sounds, movement

    Diana Evans, Women’s Prize shortlisted author of ORDINARY PEOPLE
  • Open Water encapsulates what it means to fall in love, explores what it means to move through the world whilst black, and explores the beautiful melding of the two. I will always remember it, and I will always return to this novel. A stunning piece of art.

    Bolu Babalola, Sunday Times bestselling author of LOVE IN COLOUR
  • 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
  • For those that are missing the tentative depiction of love in Normal People, Caleb Azumah Nelson's Open Water is set to become one of 2021's unmissable books. Utterly transporting, it'll leave you weeping and in awe.

    Stylist
  • An exhilarating new voice in British fiction

    Vogue
  • A poetic novel about Black identity and first love in the capital from one of Britain's most exciting young voices

    Harper's Bazaar
  • A debut already attracting awards season buzz, this shattering love story about two Black British artists is a compelling insight into race and masculinity. You'll remember this author's name

    Elle

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