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Corey Fah Does Social Mobility by Isabel Waidner

Corey Fah Does Social Mobility by Isabel Waidner


A radical, joyful novel from Goldsmiths Prize-winning author Isabel Waidner.


In flight from a traumatic rural childhood, Corey Fah has come to earth in a one-bed council flat in the capital. Trapped, with partner Drew, in the limited world which late capitalism has allotted them, they are modestly happy but practically futureless.

Until, one day, Corey is offered a life-changing prize from out of the blue. Things are looking up – but as Corey soon finds, it’s one thing winning a prize in life’s lottery, and quite another being able to collect it – especially if you are a queer, working class immigrant with all of History working against you.


Corey Fah’s pursuit of the elusive prize – and an escape from precarity – is a whirlwind, epic journey through the streets of the city and the time-loops of the past, written with boundless energy and invention.


Social mobility, in this radiant, radical novel, is never a simple step up the ladder, but a hopeful leap into the void.


One of Gay's The Word's Best Books of 2023.



'Buckle up! Corey Fah Does Social Mobility is a head-spinning, mind-bending roller coaster of fun, horror, and subversion. I love it.' - Kamila Shamsie


'[The] writer everyone is talking about . . . and deservedly so . . . Their explosive sensibility and style are as far removed from mediocre prose and middle-class manners as you can imagine.' - Bernardine Evaristo


'The fantastical and the familiar merge in this energetic inquiry into class politics and cultural capital . . . Since their debut novel, Gaudy Bauble, in 2017, Waidner's writing has been admired for its remarkable innovation, unflinching political vision, vivid language and, frankly, hilarious charm . . . It is tempting to predict that this book, which gives a whole new dimension to the idea of the zeitgeist . . . will see Waidner step on to the podium once more.' - Lara Pawson, Guardian

  • Details

    Imprint: Hamish Hamilton

    Publication Date: 14 June 2023

    ISBN: 9780241998885

    Pages: 160

    Format: Paperback

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