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Western Lane

Shortlisted For The Booker Prize 2023

Chetna Maroo

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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2023. The International Bestseller.
Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2023.

A beautiful and moving novel about grief, sisterhood, squash and a teenage girl's struggle to transcend herself.

'With this gorgeous debut, Maroo blows most of the competition off the court.' – The Times


Eleven-year-old Gopi has been playing squash since she was old enough to hold a racket. When her mother dies, her father enlists her in a quietly brutal training regimen, and the game becomes her world. Slowly, she grows apart from her sisters. Her life is reduced to the sport, guided by its rhythms: the serve, the volley, the drive, the shot and its echo.

But on the court, she is not alone. She is with her pa. She is with Ged, a thirteen-year-old boy with his own formidable talent. She is with the players who have come before her. She is in awe.

An unforgettable coming-of-age story, Chetna Maroo’s first novel is a moving exploration of the closeness of sisterhood, the immigrant experience, and the collective overcoming of grief.

'WOW. Western Lane is glorious. You’ll want to read it over and over again.' – Aravind Adiga, author of The White Tiger

'Stunning . . . Spare, tender, brilliantly achieved . . . A novel that unfolds in silences . . . and dares to leave much unsaid.
' – The Guardian

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Binding: Hardback
Publication date: 11 May 2023
Dimensions: 143 x 226 x 22 mm
ISBN: 9781529094626

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