Three Rooms

Three Rooms

Summary

'A furious encapsulation of Generation Rent.' OLIVIA LAING, NEW STATESMAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2021

'Cool, sharp and perceptive.' Stylist


What is the true cost of living as a young person in 21st-century England?

It's autumn 2018 and a young woman moves into a rented room in university accommodation, ready to begin a job as a research assistant at Oxford. Here, living and working in the spaces that have birthed the country's leaders, she is both outsider and insider, and she can't shake the feeling that real life is happening elsewhere.

Eight months later she finds herself in London. She's landed a temp contract at a society magazine and is paying £80 a week to sleep on a stranger's sofa. Summer rolls on and England roils with questions around its domestic civil rights: Brexit, Grenfell, climate change, homelessness. Meanwhile, tensions with her flatmate escalate, she is overworked and underpaid, and the prospects of a permanent job seem increasingly unlikely, until finally she has to ask herself: what is this all for?

Incisive, original and brilliantly observed, Three Rooms is the story of a search for a home and for a self. Driven by despair and optimism in equal measure, the novel poignantly explores politics, race and belonging.

'From the first paragraph, I was hooked... There's quiet, raw power in this book and its author.' COURTTIA NEWLAND, OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2021

'A phenomenal achievement.' The Times

'One of the most candid and subtle explorations of class by an English novelist in recent years.' TLS

'A biting dissection of privilege, race, inequality and ideology in 21st century Britain.' i

'Jo Hamya is an exceptionally gifted writer...slowly but surely broke my heart.' CLAIRE-LOUISE BENNETT

'Intelligent, melancholy, funny and subtle.' CHRIS POWER

'Both spectral and steeped in contemporary reality.' OLIVIA SUDJIC

Reviews

  • A phenomenal achievement. Perfectly judged set pieces at parties, offices and art galleries are infused with the illuminating and inquiring mind of an author who watches our society with an unflinching x-ray eye and tells its stories back to us with elegance and wit. And that, surely, is the mark of an excellent writer.
    Melissa Katsoulis, The Times

About the author

Jo Hamya

Jo Hamya was born in London in 1997. Three Rooms is her first novel.
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