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How to Leave the House by Nathan Newman

How to Leave the House by Nathan Newman


It's Natwest's last day before he leaves for university, and there's only one thing on his mind: the deeply embarrassing package he ordered to his house - which still hasn't arrived. He won't leave town without it. Any alternative is too distressing to consider... 

This is the story of twenty-four hours in the life of NATWEST, and his small-town odyssey in pursuit of the missing package. And yet it's also the story of a MIDDLE-AGED DENTIST who dreams of being a respected artist - but the only thing he can seem to paint is the human mouth. And it's the story of a TORTURED IMAM involved in a quasi-romantic entanglement with the local vicar; and an OCTOGENARIAN mourning the death of her secretive husband; and a TROUBLED TEENAGER whose nudes have leaked on the internet. It's the story of Natwest's obnoxious EX-BOYFRIEND, and his CLASS-TRAITOR MOTHER and her CHILDHOOD BOYFRIEND, and the life-changing secrets he knows about Natwest's past. 

Alternating between Natwest's idiosyncratic inner world and the perspectives of the other characters - and dazzling in its energy, imagination and originality - this is an outrageously funny and tenderly moving story about being connected to everyone and everything at all times; about love, friendship, and the lies we tell ourselves; about unhappy endings, happy endings - and whether anything really is as simple as one or the other.




'Witty, sharply observed and truly original' ― Nicola Dinan

'Most books that claim to be funny aren't actually all that funny. How to Leave the House is a rare exception - genuinely hilarious, utterly obnoxious, impressively daring' ― Keiran Goddard

'How to Leave the House is gobby, barbed, and garrulous; a novel that takes swings, with swagger' ― Eley Williams

  • Details

    Imprint: Abacus

    Publication Date: 2nd May 2024

    ISBN: 9780349145631
    Pages: 320 
    Format: Hardback

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