Skin by Kerry Andrew

Skin by Kerry Andrew



London, 1985. Joe, father to eleven-year-old Matty, has disappeared, and nobody will explain where he's gone, or why.

In the long, hot summer that follows, Matty's hunt for Joe leads to the ponds at Hampstead Heath. Beneath the water, there is a new kind of freedom. Above the water, a welcoming community of men offer refuge from an increasingly rocky home life.

Fourteen years later, a new revelation sees Matty set off alone in a campervan, driving westwards through Ireland, swimming its wild loughs and following the scant clues left behind about Joe. The trip takes a dangerous turn, and Matty is forced to rely on the kindness of strangers. But safety comes at a price, and with desire and fear running high, the journey turns into an explosive, heart-rending reckoning with the past.

Skin is inventive, compelling and deeply moving - a novel of loss and recovery, of wild swimming and identity from a rising star of British fiction. Has gay and genderqueer representation. 




'Andrew's wonderful second novel is the deeply involving story of a difficult childhood, a search for a long-missing parent, how we view our bodies and the secrets we keep even from those who know us best.' -  75 Books for 2021, i Newspaper


'A gloriously raw and watery adventure, fraught with fluidity, teen-angst and identity; an update of Ovid's transformations and Catcher in the Rye, re-gendered in the Hampstead ponds and the deeper waters, far beyond...' - Philip Hoare


'Andrew's wonderful second novel is a deeply involving story of a difficult childhood.' - Sarah Hughes, i, *Books to Look Out For 2021*


  • Details

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape 

    Publication Date: 11 February 2021

    ISBN: 9781787331648

    Pages: 368

    Format: Hardback

Social Media

  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Facebook

Gay's The Word

66 Marchmont Street

London WC1N 1AB (Map)

Visit the Bookshop

Contact Us

Online Shop

Be In The Know

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Privacy PolicyShipping & Returns


© 2020 by Gay's The Word. Find Out More.