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Open Water - 
      Caleb Azumah Nelson

Open Water

Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2021

«<b>In this achingly tender and intensely moving debut, two Black artists fall in and out of love in South London. Featuring a stunning opening chapter, vulnerability, loss, masculinity and longing are covered. Written in a second person narrative, this is a majestic debut </b>»

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A stunning, shattering debut novel about two Black British artists falling in and out of love

«<b>In this achingly tender and intensely moving debut, two Black artists fall in and out of love in South London. Featuring a stunning opening chapter, vulnerability, loss, masculinity and longing are covered. Written in a second person narrative, this is a majestic debut </b>»

Cosmopolitan

«<b>A lyrical love story that celebrates Black artistry</b>»

Guardian, Books of the Year

«<b><i>Open Water</i> is tender poetry, a love song to black art and thought, an exploration of intimacy and vulnerability between two young artists learning to be soft with each other in a world that hardens against black people</b>»

«<b><i>Open Water </i>is a beautifully, delicately written novel about love, for self and others, about being seen, about vulnerability and mental health. Sentence by sentence, it oozes longing and grace. Caleb is a star in the making.</b>»

«<b>This is an amazing debut novel. It's a beautifully narrated, intelligently crafted piece of love that goes deep, then goes deeper. You should read this book. Let's hear it for Caleb Azumah Nelson, also known as the future</b>»

«<b><i>Open Water</i> is a very touching and heartfelt book, passionately written, which brings London to life in a painterly, emotive way. I love its musical richness and espousal of the power of the arts - pictures, sounds, movement</b>»

«<b><i>Open Water</i> encapsulates what it means to fall in love, explores what it means to move through the world whilst black, and explores the beautiful melding of the two. I will always remember it, and I will always return to this novel. A stunning piece of art. </b>»

«<b>For those that are missing the tentative depiction of love in <i>Normal People</i>, Caleb Azumah Nelson's <i>Open Water</i> is set to become one of 2021's unmissable books. Utterly transporting, it'll leave you weeping and in awe. </b>»

Stylist

«<b>An exhilarating new voice in British fiction</b>»

Vogue

«<b>A poetic novel about Black identity and first love in the capital from one of Britain's most exciting young voices</b>»

Harper's Bazaar

«<b>A debut already attracting awards season buzz, this shattering love story about two Black British artists is a compelling insight into race and masculinity. You'll remember this author's name </b>»

Elle

«<b>A short, sharp poetic burst of a novel; it crystallises the torments and heat of young love brilliantly</b>»

«<b><i>Open Water </i>is a powerful portrayal of the way that systemic violence can make a person forget softness and vulnerability. It exposes the failure of language to encapsulate feeling and illuminates the love and the anger that rage around the edges of everything</b>»

«<b>Lush, urban, black, British and beautiful</b>»

«<b><i>Open Water </i>is about defiance, mourning, art and music. It is an ode to being a full human being in a society that does not see you that way. It is about clinging to love in a world heavy with injustice and violence. There is not a wasted page</b>»

«<b><i>Open Water</i> has a delicate, painterly quality while packing a real emotional punch. Caleb Azumah Nelson is a real talent</b>»

«<b><i>Open Water</i> is the most mesmerising read. Caleb Azumah Nelson writes voice like a young Baldwin, placing himself both inside and outside the world he describes. <i>Open Water</i> drew me in, hypnotised me and left me, a few hours later, both devastated and a little high. This is the kind of novel which doesn't let go.</b>»

«<b>Exquisite</b>»

«<b>Set to the rhythms of jazz and hip hop, <i>Open Water </i>is an unforgettable story about making art and making a home in another person.</b> <b>In language bursting with grief and joy, Caleb Azumah Nelson has written the ode to Black creativity, love, and survival that we need right now</b>»

«<b>A brilliant debut whose gentleness and joyfulness are as profound as its examination of the cost of living in a racist society</b>»

«<b>Nelson's impressive first novel is tender, lyrical, and all-consuming. . . A truly exceptional debut</b>»

Booklist

«<b>A hotly tipped new voice in British fiction.</b>»

Metro

«<b>A stunning debut novel...Written in a unique second-person style, and with profound insight into race and masculinity, it's a tender love story you won't forget</b>»

Red

«<b><i>Open Water</i> bristles with intelligence and sensuality ... an irresistible debut with the promise of greatness</b>»

RTE

«<b>One of the most beautiful novels I've ever read, impossible to put down even as it made my heart ache. Just stunning</b>»

Refinery29

«<b>This short debut novel is both a sweet, painful love story to savour and an account of what it means to live in fear in your own city, to be viewed simply as a black body and never truly seen. Nelson's prose is intense and lyrical, with a pleasing scattering of musical references. </b>»

New Statesman

«<b>Considering the ways identity shapes experience, <i>Open Water</i> is a soulful meditation on art and love</b>»

Culture Whisper

«<b>Extraordinary</b>»

Woman & Home

«<b>Gorgeous </b>»

Marie Claire

«<b>A lyrical modern love story, just 200 pages but brilliant on music and art, race and London life, I enjoyed it hugely.</b>»

«<b>Caleb's debut is soulful and poetic, celebrating and exploring the varying emotions of a blossoming romance while offering an insight into race and masculinity</b>»

Heat

«<b>A book about Black bodies and strength, vulnerability and fear, with a magnetic romance woven throughout that entrances the reader </b>»

Evening Standard

«<b>Nelson's writing is so accomplished it's hard to believe it comes from a debut author. . . A</b><b> raw and unvarnished look at what it means to be Black and British</b>»

Scotsman

«<b>An exciting, ambitious debut... while an elegance of style is a hallmark of Azumah Nelson's storytelling, there is bold risk-taking in his choices too</b>»

, Guardian

«<b>Caleb Azumah Nelson's debut novel is an intimate, London-set story of two artists falling in love, learning to show tenderness to one another in a society that's anything but. Nelson writes with grace and poignancy; it's a memorable first novel.</b>»

Tatler

«<b>A riveting love story... Written in lyrical and propulsive prose, a searing debut</b>»

Kirkus

«<b>An emotionally intelligent and tender tale of first love. . . </b><b>what makes it remarkable is its bracing and nuanced exploration of black masculinity. </b><b>An abundance of cultural references are framed through the perspective of a black British male - one seldom seen in modern British fiction. It is worth questioning why, and whose stories get to be told. Thankfully, Azumah Nelson has told this tale of art, love and black identity. And what a gift it is.'</b>»

The i

«<b>[A] once-in-a-blue-moon kind of read, a truly remarkable debut from a gifted young wordsmith . . . The novel is at once a celebration of Black love and Black art and expression; thoroughly unforgettable</b>»

Buzzfeed

«<b>Lyrical . . . this emotionally rich debut tells a budding love story against backdrops of Black culture, joy, and pain</b>»

Entertainment Weekly

«<b>An unforgettable debut... Azumah Nelson's poetic brilliance, his ability to balance the general and the specific, the ambient and the granular, makes for a salient achievement. It's Sally Rooney meets Michaela Coel meets Teju Cole.</b>»

New York Times

«<b>The voice of the narrator feels almost Mrs Dalloway-esque as it moves around London, fluid and swift. Nelson has, with this novella, put down a new, exciting marker for what fiction can achieve</b>»

«<b>A short, poetic and intellectual meditation on art and a relationship between a young couple</b>»

«<b>A beautiful and powerful novel about the true and sometimes painful depths of love</b>»

Caleb Azumah Nelson is a 27-year-old British-Ghanaian writer and photographer living in South East London. His photography has been shortlisted for the Palm Photo Prize and won the People's Choice prize. His short story, PRAY, was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2020. His first novel, OPEN WATER, was 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 in 2021.