Small Worlds

Small Worlds

THE TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Summary

THE TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL

Dancing is the one thing that can solve Stephen's problems.

At Church with his family, the shimmer of Black hands raised in praise. With his band, making music speaking not just to their hardships, but their joys. Grooving with his best friend, so close their heads might touch. Dancing alone to his father's records, uncovering parts of a man he has never truly known. His youth, shame and sacrifice.

Stephen has only ever known himself in song. But what becomes of him when the music fades?

Set over the course of three summers, from South London to Ghana and back again, SMALL WORLDS is a novel about the worlds we build for ourselves. The worlds we live, dance and love within.

*****

'Caleb Azumah Nelson's stunning second novel confirms his status as a literary star' Observer

'Beautiful, unforgettable and all-consuming' Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie

'SMALL WORLDS is a book for everyone . . . an uplifting symphony of a summer read' Times

Reviews

  • Nelson writes about closeness, with family, with lovers, with art, as careful, essential labour
    Raven Leilani, author of Luster

About the author

Caleb Azumah Nelson

Caleb Azumah Nelson is a British-Ghanaian writer and photographer living in South East London. His first novel, OPEN WATER, won the Costa First Novel Award and Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards, and was a number-one Times bestseller. It was also shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, Waterstones Book of the Year, and longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize. He was selected as a National Book Foundation '5 under 35' honoree by Brit Bennett.
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